We want YOU to tell YOUR story of experiences you have drawn from that helped to enlighten you, inspire you, give you hope and moved you. We are looking for lessons learned from experiences in YOUR life, or in the life of someone you know. It could involve something important you learned at home, while growing up, in business, from mentors and friends, or something you observed taking place that was out of the ordinary.

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  1. Selection must be from something YOU have direct knowledge of, either from your own experience, someone you know, or a third party as long as you have written permission to submit the story. All submissions must be factual. No fiction or gossip, and nothing found in an email or social network.
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  4. Stories must be written in the first person.
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Story Example #1:

How To Get Motivated To Get Organized

A friend recently asked me if there was anything in particular that helped me to get motivated and power through boot camp. (If you didn’t know, I served in the military for over six years.)

There are too many things I remember about boot camp and most of them unpleasant.

Running in combat boots for miles.
Getting yelled at.
Doing push-ups until I collapsed.
Getting yelled at.
Woken up in the middle of the night for inspections.
Getting yelled at.
30 second showers.
And, yup, you guessed it! Getting yelled at some more.

I recall thinking at one point: “Why am I putting up with six weeks of this?”

While all my college friends were enjoying amazing summer vacations, I was being subjected to unwanted rules, impossible orders, minimal sleep, nasty food, physical fitness ad nauseam – all topped off with copious amounts of shouting.

Then I remembered how much I wanted to be in the military and serve my country, and I refocused on the fact that six weeks of training would only make me a stronger, better soldier. The end justifies the means, if you will.

You see, I faced a crossroad: I could be miserable during the whole ordeal, or I could make the most of it … and the final outcome was totally up to me.

I realize that for some of you out there, getting organized may be just about as fun as boot camp. But living in our world today, as the pace of life gets faster and faster, you can’t afford not to be organized.

Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

Isn’t that so true? In my story, I could have been miserable through boot camp, but instead I tried to motivate myself as much as possible, keeping the end in sight.

The same goes for organizing …
If you know you have to get organized, you can choose to procrastinate, and your disorganization will just cause you more frustration. Or you can choose to get motivated, get organized, and truly know the freedom that comes with it.

It’s always your choice.

Story Example #2:

Are You a Grasshopper or an Ant When It Comes to Organizing? And Why It’s Good to Know…

Once upon a time, there was a Grasshopper enjoying a beautiful summer day. He was hopping about, chirping and singing to his heart’s content. In the middle of the Grasshopper’s delightful afternoon, an Ant passed by, struggling to carry an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of working so hard?”

“I’m helping to lay up food for winter,” said the Ant, “and I recommend you to do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?!” said the Grasshopper, “It’s such a beautiful day! And we have got plenty of food right now.” But the Ant went on his way and continued his toil.

Several months later, a harsh winter fell. The Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while he saw the Ants distributing corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

You may have heard this famed Aesop’s fable before, probably from a parent or teacher when you were in kindergarten or elementary school. The wisdom of its lesson applies to several aspects of life, organization being one of them. If there is an area of your life that you need or want to organize, then start working on it immediately! If not, you may find yourself in a situation where you wished that you had made organizing a priority.

For example …

Do you want “finding balance” and “being prepared” to be priorities in your life? Then there is NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT to set and achieve your organizing goals! Each day provides all of us the opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to make our lives better than ever before.

Tips and ideas from your experiences, like:

Tip #1 – I find when I have difficulty getting rid of something because I’m attached to it, I practice gratitude. I’ll hold the item in both hands, and am thankful for all the good things it has brought into my life. Then, I envision giving this item to someone else and the many good things it will bring to this individual, encouraging the chain of thankfulness to continue.

Tip #2 – One of my favorite ways to stop making a purchase of something I don’t need is this: I read in the Journal of Consumer Research that it’s psychologically more painful to pay with paper, where the loss is more tangible, than it is to pay with plastic, where the loss is more abstract. I leverage this “cash pain” to crush the urge to go overboard on my shopping trips.

Tip #3 – To get the kids involved in de-cluttering, before they go to bed, we have a 10-minute race to see who can pick up the most stuff.

Tip #4 – To stay focused and save time, I don’t answer the phone or email between 2-5pm each day. You’ll be surprised at how much more productive you will be with fewer interruptions!

Organizing quotes and sayings by you or others, like:

Quote #1 – “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Quote #2 – “Every moment of your life, you live in choice. How you choose to use your time, above all else, will determine if you are embraced by chaos or by serenity.” ~ Carmen Coker