Have you noticed? A new season is just around the corner. Every year, I get giddy when signs of spring whisper promises of winter’s demise. Sure, it might get cold again. But it won’t last! Just hang on a little while longer, and spring will arrive. When that happens, it reminds us that our lives have seasons, too. If you’re not careful, you can stay stuck in an old season when a new one arrives. When your life is cluttered with unnecessary distractions, tolerations or just plain junk, it can feel impossible to find your way forward. But you must make room for what you want. You need to clear your clutter, in more ways than one. Use these five coaching questions to make room for a new season:

1.What project/issue/to-do list item keeps getting rolled over to the next season?

You know what I’m talking about. It’s the thing you keep saying you’re going to do, but don’t. You procrastinate. Declare you will get started, then forget. Or maybe you hope it will just go away. Whatever the case, make a decision to either do it or drop it. Which will it be?

2.What could I de-clutter in the next 15 minutes?

When it comes to clearing clutter and making space for something new in your life, it can be tempting to make it too big of a deal, which means you put it off for later. Instead, get the energy moving by getting rid of some of the clutter in your environment. Transforming your physical space is often a catalyst for transforming your inner space.

3.What ties need to be cut?

Is there a relationship, whether with a person or organization, that it is time to end? Making room in your life often means letting go of stale or inauthentic connections.

4.What apology is overdue?

Don’t go into a new season with old baggage. If you are holding on to something – a grudge, bitterness, anger – choose today to let it go. It is a heavy burden to carry, and even if you think it’s the other person, in truth, you bear the burden alone. Depending on the situation, either forgive – or ask for forgiveness.

5.What do I want to do this season to prepare for summer?

Wise people think about the upcoming season while still in the previous season, so they can lay the groundwork for a smooth transition. Summer’s just a few months away. Is there anything you need to do now to prepare?

My challenge to you this week:

Spring is here! Clear some space for what you want to see show up in this next season.

Journaling assignment:

Answer all five questions from this week’s column.

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