Getting Things Out of the Way

I am sort of a hoarder. I like my treasures and I see value in a lot of things. There are reasons for it. As a child my family had a lake cabin that had been in the family since my dad was three-years old and there were man “artifacts” there that I only saw once a year. As a teenager, it was fun to wear old shirts that belonged to my dad or even find some old hippie jewelry that he had stashed away and long since forgotten about. I saw how keeping old things around made them special and fun.


Conservation, Reuse, Recycle

Another big factor in my hording is my commitment to conservation. Waste not, want not is paramount to sustainability as reuse comes before recycle. I see value in many things and stash them away for a rainy day. I like stuff of fish tanks, building supplies, cool fabrics, anything that can be reused or repurposed. This too may slightly hinge on a deep seeded insecurity, where I have slight feelings that I am not capable of manifesting the same materials I come across today at some point in the future.

Anyway it goes, I have a lot of stuff and have trouble getting rid of stuff. I have a few categories that I sort of consider collections, like saddles (I have at least 8 and only one ridable horse at the moment) and antique knives, but a lot of what I have, most people would just consider junk!

4th Quarter Progress

As I am pushing forward in this fourth quarter of the year and trying to dig deep and make some things happen, I have noticed that there is just a lot of stuff in my way. Every time I want to progress I have extra steps just to deal with the clutter around me. I have come to the realization that some things need to go. It is hard for the environmentally-sensitive side in me, but I am now much more attune to throwing out what cannot go to charity, and just getting it out of my way so I can move more efficiently.

The same is true for lots of other aspects in life. We keep stuff that maybe we don’t need. Sometimes, they are relationships. Sometimes, they are activities. Sometimes, habits.

My Challenge To You

I would like to ask you, what “stuff” do you have hanging around that may be getting in your way? Is there anything that is taking up time, money, space, or even just mental capacity? Can you live without this extra burden? Can you see how having it out of your way would streamline your life?

This week I challenge you to make a list of some “junk” you would like to get out of your way so that you can focus on what you really want. Let me know what it is because it might really help me de-clutter too! Chances are you’re not alone so… help a brother out! I want to hear from you (if you’re shy, just email If you are anything like me, I know you will start to feel good about the space you make, whether it is physical or mental. This positive feeling will grow and propel you to new heights of achievement. Once you have some things out of the way, your priorities will really shine through and success will come naturally.

Keep leading,

Written by Rad Watkins

Rad Watkins

Rad Watkings is the founder of Animal Leadership LLC where he takes his vast experience from working with wildlife & the environment to help bring out the Leader inside you. He teaches how to excel without the complex tactics that so many people live on for their careers, relationships & more!


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