4 Reasons A Clutter-Free Workspace Can Be Damaging

You may have heard a few of these sayings: A clear desk equals a clear mind. A cluttered workspace means a cluttered mind. It’s hard to find what you need in a cluttered workspace.

Most of the productivity gurus will say something along those lines. They’ll tell you how much more productive you’ll be if only you cleaned your workspace.

Can I be honest? I’ve tried to have a clutter-free workspace. I’ve cleaned my desk only to reclean it. When it’s all said and done, I then have the anxiety of trying to keep my workspace clean.

Maybe I’m more like Albert Einstein who once said “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Or I could be like Steve Jobs. Check out his desk.

Know Your Limits

Growing up, I remember the popular sayings of the time. We had No fear! We had Sweet! Or DUDE!

Every generation has a set of words that defines their generation. Those were but a few of the words that could define the 1990’s.

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A new phrase has popped up recently. The phrase is a dangerous one. It puts you in a dangerous position if you believe in it.

No Limits

I’ve heard this phrase so many times. Every time I hear it, I cringe.

I know the meaning behind the saying. It sounds good.

The dangerous phrase is “No limits.”

In the personal development world, we hear this a lot. We see people like Nick Vujicic who was born without limbs.

His story is inspiring. He has learned how to live outside of the limits others would have placed on him.

What Is Bravery?

Think of the word Brave or Bravery. What images does your mind conjure? If you were asking me, my mind instantly races to:

  • The 17-year old from World War 2 who stormed the beach in Normandy
  • The mother who sacrificed herself to save her baby after crashing her car into a pond
  • The pastor who takes to the pulpit and shares a challenging truth with his congregation knowing he will lose people from his church
  • Desmond Doss going back again and again to save his fellow soldiers on Hacksaw Ridge.
  • The teens who were on their way to their prom but stopped to help those involved in a car accident
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The dictionary defines bravery as

courageous behavior or character.

The examples above definitely describe bravery. These men and women did something that wouldn’t benefit themselves and could have caused them harm to help someone else. They saw a need and they took action despite what it could cost them.

How To Become A More Courageous Leader

Leaders aren’t meant to be timid. They can’t run and hide from their problems or the problems of their teams. Leaders need to be courageous. They have to show courage in times of struggle.

You may feel like a little church mouse, tip-toeing and avoiding the challenges of your day. Or you may feel like you can take on the world. Whether you feel like the church mouse or the big, bad leader ready to go, every leader can use a little more courage. You can become a more courageous leader.

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Becoming a more courageous leader takes courage. It also takes intentionality. You have to be willing to grow, stretch, and build upon what you’ve already built. You can do it.

In this article, we’ll look at 4 ways you can become more courageous.

Taking A Stand Hurts

Are you willing to take a stand for what you believe? Most leaders aren’t willing to truly stand for what they believe.

Instead, they’re willing to sprinkle pleasant words that skirt around important issues. This happens in the church world and the business world equally.

People are afraid to take a stand for what they believe. They may allude to it here or there but they’re not going to openly tell you what they stand for.

Why People Are Unwilling To Take A Stand

I remember writing a paper in one of my middle school classes. I wrote about the horror that is abortion and how it has killed millions of children.

My teacher reprimanded me because the paper went against their beliefs. It had cited sources and was researched. Still, it was marked down because of the topic.