Ask One Simple Question To Clean Your Space, Align Your Goals, And Change Your Life

I read this article the other day about Marie Kondo’s method for organizing your place. Apparently, she has a whole book about the subject…and it’s the NUMBER ONE selling book on Amazon. Seriously.

The method is really simple. You take all the items from one category (say, clothes) and put them in a big pile. Then you pick up each piece of clothing and ask one question.

“Does This Bring Me Joy?”

That’s it. If the answer is yes, you keep it. If not, you get rid of it. 

Simple, right? Instead of worrying about much you paid, or if it was a gift, or the slight chance that one day you might need it—you just focus on joy.

And you’d be surprised how easy it is to get rid of a lot of unwanted junk once you ask the right question.

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So what does de-cluttering have to do with goal setting or changing your life, for that matter?

Because you can use the same question in all areas of your life. Not just clothes. Here’s a short list of areas that you might want to target with your laser focus of joy:

  • Environment
  • Relationships
  • Habits
  • Career
  • Hobbies
  • Leisure time
  • Goals

Let’s look at the last one. It’s easy to make a list of goals. You want to make more money, get a better job, buy a bigger house. But would that goal bring you joy? Or are you just striving for something that other people think you should want?

Maybe you have the opposite problem. Maybe your goals are too small. You might want to get promoted, but you ought to be starting your own company. You want to make $5000 per month, but you could make $50,000 per month.

Be honest. Did you read that last sentence and cringe? Did you think “How could someone make an 50 grand a month? That’s impossible.”

But why is that impossible? Aren’t there plenty of people that do exactly that?

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And now we get to the most important area of the joy question. Belief.

Your Beliefs Will Impact Every Aspect Of Your Life

Take a second and think about the things you really believe. I’m not talking about politics or religion (though that would also be a really interesting exercise). Just your beliefs about yourself, your life, and your place in the world. If you’re stuck, here are a few:

  • Do you believe you’re in control of your life? If not, then who is?
  • Do you believe you’re capable of making your dreams a reality?
  • Do you believe you’re lucky?

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This might seem like a weird topic for a blog about being an independent artist. But it’s really not. I am absolutely convinced that having the right mindset is the most important factor in being successful.

If you need knowledge, you can learn.

If you need advice, you can ask for it.

If you need money, you can find it.

But if you believe something is impossible, then guess what? It is impossible. Everything starts with your beliefs. So the next time you encounter a limiting belief of yours, ask the question.

“Does This Bring Me Joy?”

And if the answer is no? Believe something else.