“Do not worry if you feel low; the sun has a sinking spell every night, but rises again all right the next morning.”
Have you ever just wanted to start over? To wipe out the past, or even the present, and begin again? Do you ever feel like if you could just start over in some area of your life, you’d be able to attain the wealth and success you desire? The lure of a clean slate is a strong one.
It’s a powerful concept yet one that seems impossible to achieve. I mean, you can’t really start over, can you? Perhaps, with the right information, tools, and attitude, you actually can.
What Is A Clean Slate?
A clean slate means all past history is wiped away. It often has both negative and positive connotations. For example a divorce, a potentially negative experience, can result in a do-over when it comes to relationships which are a freeing experience. You get to start with a clean slate. Financially, a clean slate may mean that all your debt is paid off or forgiven and you get to start over.
An emotional clean slate gives you the ability to look at things from a fresh perspective
A physical clean slate, starting over financially, paying off debt, reinvesting, gives you the power to look at the future, not the past.
A clean slate means:
No hindrances or false conceptions
A fresh perspective
A positive outlook
How You Can Get A Clean Slate?
A clean slate can be accomplished by exploring where you are right now and asking some questions.
What’s holding you back? Think about the things in your life that are preventing you from achieving what you desire most. Is it a skill or education? Is it time? Is it money? What is holding you back? Write down what is holding you back and spend some time thinking about why it’s holding you back. Perhaps you’re giving this circumstance more control than it should have.
What do you complain about? Often the things we complain about are the things that are limiting us either emotionally or physically. For example, if you’re often complaining about finances then that may be where you need to focus your problem solving skills, beliefs, and attention to wiping the slate clean.
What do you wish were true? This is key to focus on this ‘wish’ and eliminate the barriers. That may mean taking some time to contemplate what exactly is preventing you from achieving your goals and then creating a plan to wipe the slate clean.
“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.”
What’s preventing you from taking action? Fear? Finances? Time? There are many reasons, and excuses, for not taking action. Write down what is preventing you and then create a plan to eliminate these or overcome these hurdles and start taking action. This of course may mean wiping the slate clean. We’ll take a look at how to accomplish this in the next section of this article.
Taking Action To Wipe The Slate Clean
What Resources Do You Have Access To?
“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.”
Often, in order to attain a fresh start, we need help. Mentors, mastermind groups, coaches and even spiritual guides can be exactly what you need to set the past behind you and focus on the future.
Therapists and counselors can also help wipe the slate clean. Dr Joe Vitale talks about a Hawaiian cleansing process called Ho’oponopono and there are other modalities, like EFT and hypnosis, designed to accomplish the same cleansing process.
What Rituals Can You Do To Symbolize A Clean Slate?
Sometimes a simple ritual can help you attain an emotional or mental clean slate. For example, people often use New Year’s Eve as the beginning point for a fresh new year and a clean slate.
Many religions and cultures use burning as a symbolic gesture- “burning the negative things from the past year” ritual.
In Japan, to start fresh, people clean the house, pay off all debts, and clear all obligations before the New Year. They throw “bounenkai” or forget-the-year parties.
People take cleanse or fast in order to start their health over with a clean slate.
Smudging is the Native American ritual of burning sage and cedar to exorcise bad energy and invite good energy into a home.
In Rome, Italy there was a tradition of throwing large household items out of the window on New Year’s Eve in anticipation of getting a better one. You might want to make sure no one is in danger of getting whomped by your couch before you toss it out the window!
What Tools Do You Have Access To?
Part of wiping the slate clean is planning how you can accomplish it. For example, if you determine that your financial state, debt, is preventing you from approaching your dreams with all the energy and focus you need, then you will need to plan how you can wipe your financial slate clean.
That may mean taking out a consolidation loan, getting a second job and setting a time frame to pay off your debt, launching a new promotion designed to generate the income you need to start fresh. As you’re planning, take into account the tools and resources you have to help you.
Whether you need to wipe the slate clean emotionally, mentally or physically, wiping it clean is entirely possible. It’s a powerful process which can help you gain the focus and attitude you need to achieve your goals. When you feel as if you have a fresh start, it enables you to focus on the present and the future and to let go of the past. Desire, when it is free from limitations, has no limits to what it can achieve.
To Your Success!
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