I think of Spring as a transitional season. It doesn’t have that hunker-down-I’m-here-to-stay-awhile quality of Summer and Winter. I think it’s this sense of transience that helps to spark the urge to Spring clean, shed layers, and to throw open the windows and aerate.
Naturally, I’m a huge fan of doing this internally as well, and I work through these 5 questions with my clients to clear out mental & emotional clutter.
1) What’s working?
Start positive! It’s easy to focus on our problems, but I like to harness the power of what I’m getting right now. Think of what’s been feeling good and build from that place.
2) What’s important?
Spring cleaning must begin with re-calibrating your priorities. Circle back to your purpose to remind yourself where you’re headed & see what needs shuffling around in terms of importance.
3) What is tired?
Old habits die hard, but really, stop doing those things that just aren’t working anymore. What are the stories you’re telling yourself? The way you’re approaching/avoiding problems and conflict? I’m guessing there are some tools that are just not serving you anymore and simply need to be retired!
4) Where am I on the path?
We hardly ever stop and take stock of where things are at now. I love to do this kind big picture work at year-end with my clients, but regardless of whether or not you made resolutions, I’m guessing you had some kind of idea as the calendar flipped over about how this year could shape up. Spring is an excellent moment to assess where you’re at with your goals.
5) What’s needed?
One of the benefits of taking inventory is how our attention is drawn to tools we could be layering into our life. Retire what’s not working and try some new approaches on for size. Honestly, the only thing you have to lose is, well, basically nothing. When we reassess in the Fall, you’ll either find you need to keep trying on new tools for size, or that you’ve hit the goldmine and have found yourself making massive change!
About Shoshana Hecht
Shoshanna graduated cum laude from Brandeis University, and subsequently moved to California to complete a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Masters in NonProfit Jewish Management from Hebrew Union College. After many years working as a nonprofit fundraising professional in Los Angeles, she went on to obtain a license in clinical social work, and worked in private practice for almost ten years. Since moving to New York in 2011, Shoshanna has built a thriving coaching practice, using her 200 hour yoga certification to work with clients holistically, helping them strengthen their communication skills and deepen their relationships.