Clearance Sale: Junk Aisle, 90% Off

I think of my mind as having aisles like at the grocery store.


Some aisles are more chock-a-block than others.


One in particular is bulging at the seams. I call it the Junk Aisle.


Lots of things in there, bits and pieces.


For example, there is a big section devoted to quotes from 80s movies.


I can recite pretty much any line from Better Off Dead:

  • “I’m sorry your mom blew up Ricky!”
  • ”Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.”

…or Christmas Vacation:

  • “Eddie, if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am right now.”
  • “Then WHY is the carpet WET, Todd?” “I don’t KNOW, Margo.”

Why, you say?


Well, the quotes come in handy at parties….


…In other words, yes, you could say I have some wasted space in my brain.


There are other items – not so benign – in my Junk Aisle:  the self-denigrating messages and put-downs that that gremlin-y Inner Critic in my head spouts out when I try new things and stretch my wings.


That nasty voice says things like:

  • You’re not good enough
  • You can’t do it
  • You’ll never get there
  • You don’t know enough
  • You’re not pretty enough
  • You’re not experienced enough

As you can see, the voice is not in favor of me growing and extending to my full potential. She is instead committed to keeping me small, safe and unchanged. She is the voice of fear.


As we get ready to launch an exciting new year, I’ve decided to have a “Clearance Sale” for my Junk Aisle. At 90% off, I expect things to fly off the shelves. In this post-Christmas sales season, I’m holding on to the metaphor of a clearance sale to represent the commitment I’m making to myself to make room for the good stuff.


Yep, the negative messages, thoughts and beliefs have all got to go. NOW. There isn’t a moment to lose.


When I spend time indulging my fearful thoughts, I take away time, effort and focus from making my dreams come true. What a waste.


Instead, with the arrival of 2012 I’m choosing to focus my energy on filling up my “It’s Happening Now” aisle. This row has fewer items right now, but over the next year it will fill up. It includes these messages, written in bold, beautiful script and ready to be displayed prominently in my thoughts and life:

  • I can do it.
  • I’m already doing it.
  • I am exactly where I need to be right now.
  • I am the right person for the job.
  • I know what I need to know.
  • I am enough.

I know that when I clear out the junk and make room for the positive messages to expand, the results will be transformative. Giving up some precious real estate dedicated to 80s movie classics and “I suck” messages in favor of beliefs and thoughts about my inherent success and enough-ness will provide me the secret ingredient to make the changes I want in my life…and in the world around me.


Because what I’m creating is creative and beautiful. And it can only come from me, because it is birthed inside of me. Only my voice can bring my dreams and visions to life. In that way, it’s selfish for me to let my fear hold me back.


So I’m doing it. Losing the Junk Aisle. Starting now. It’s going to take discipline, support and focused attention.


And it will be so worth it.


Would you care to join me?


Please share.

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5 Responses to Clearance Sale: Junk Aisle, 90% Off

  1. Ann Worthington December 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Yes! I want in! I want to join the clearance sale. My negative thoughts and fear have made me sick all through Christmas. I would much rather face my fears and talk back to my negative thoughts then feel this lousy. I will start right now.
    Thanks for the inspiration and the great visuals of “flying off the shelves”!

  2. Karen January 6, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    GREAT idea! I’m in too…..but I’d hate to have anyone else BUY these negative thoughts. I don’t think I even want to give them to Goodwill. Maybe we should have a Year End bonfire and burn all the bad juju that keeps us up at night. That way no-one else has to take on my old, unwanted “stuff”.

  3. Merideth Mehlberg January 10, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    What a great idea Karen! Yes, let’s have a bonfire. Up in smoke. Thanks for sharing. Glad you’re in. I’ve been catching myself when the junk-y thoughts start to come in and just saying, “No more!”

  4. Merideth Mehlberg January 10, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Thanks for sharing Ann. Glad you’re in! I feel so much lighter for having decided to do the clearance sale. As Karen suggested, we’re having a bonfire! No more getting sick, out with the old, in with the GREAT!

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