The Path to Personal Development

As the final quarter of the year comes to a close, we have the opportunity to clear out the old to make room for the new. This idea can be applied to cleaning the physical clutter in our homes, but more importantly the mental and emotional clutter that takes up valuable space in our minds. Here are a few suggestions for clearing out the clutter to make place for positive mental energy to flow.

Make a To-Do List

Sometimes just writing things down can free our brains of worrying about things that need to get done. We can then prioritize our list to make sure we are concentrating on getting the most important things done first. How wonderful does it feel to cross off items on your list? That sense of accomplishment goes a long way in de-stressing our brains.


Get some of the less important tasks off of your plate by delegating them to someone else. This frees up valuable time and available mental space.

Have Crucial Conversations

ᵃ “The negative feelings we hold in, the emotional pain we suffer, and the constant battering we endure as we stumble our way through unhealthy conversations slowly eat away at our health.” Learn how to have healthy and meaningful conversations. A great resource is the book Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler.

Help Others

Open up a new space for charitable thoughts by concentrating on helping others. Natalie Goddard has said “My motive has always been to serve and aid others.” Focusing on others’ needs helps us be less absorbed with our own struggles. When we serve, the pleasure center in our brains are activated and mood elevating hormones are released. ᵇServing and giving help to others makes us happier, healthier, more prosperous.


Brain-dump your thoughts into a journal. There are so many types of journals to keep. Here are a few to consider: art journal, gratitude journal, brilliant ideas journal, bullet journal, this happened today journal, or a list journal. Let the thoughts and feelings flow from brain to paper. The benefits of journaling are clarity of thought, creative inspiration, and problem solving.

Be more productive in the new year by clearing out the clutter and opening up a space for positive energy to flow.