Posted by: Stewart Stevens | February 25, 2010

Love Your “Inner Janitor”

It’s interesting how people think about the different roles and functions that people play, and how we create a hierarchy around them.

For example, one might say that a “President” is at the “top,” and what’s at the “bottom?” It’s often “the janitor.”

But I propose to you that your “inner janitor” may be one of the most important functions in your life.

And I want to encourage you to embrace your inner janitor and hold him up as one of the highest and most important personas, whose functions will enable you to get what you really want.  In fact, without the janitor, it is actually impossible to get what you want.

So let’s consider what the janitor actually does.

The janitor cleans up after you.  He (or she) cleans up the messes, he tidies up the area, he sweeps the floors, and he makes everything nice again.

But more than nice, he makes everything functional.

Think about the kitchen.  If you’re trying to cook a meal and you didn’t clean up as went, you would end up with piles of dishes, pots and pans all over the place, and you’d have no ability to continue cooking.  If this went on for days, you would even run out of pots.  You would be unable to eat because of all the clutter.  At some point, you have to stop cooking and creating new concoctions, and you have to clean up after yourself.

This is a great example of the value of our “inner janitor.”  By cleaning up our messes, he actually enables us to continue doing what we want to do.

But what is a mess, really?

Raymond Aaron, a master coach and mentor, taught me that a mess is anything that is not working for you, anything that is not in alignment with who you truly are.

A mess can be a relationship that isn’t full of love and joy and harmony, a financial situation in which you’re consuming more than you’re producing (and incurring debt), or a poor health condition (like being overweight).

A mess could be having piles of clutter everywhere, or a poor filing system where you can’t find things when you need them.  It may be a faulty premise that isn’t serving you or that keeps you from facing the truth and owning your power.

Anything that is not in alignment with who you truly are is a “mess.”

It’s absolutely critical that you begin to clean up your messes and to get into alignment.  Only then can you keep making progress on your most important goals.

So much of the time, we are focused on achieving great things, but we are often sabotaged or our progress is slow because we haven’t handled those messes in our lives that are holding us back.

That is the function of the janitor.  And it’s why the janitor needs to be held in the highest esteem.

Give him the respect he deserves.  Make time for him to do what he does best.  Cherish what he does for you.  His function is to clean up those messes, bring us back into alignment, and help us live an empowered life!

So embrace your “Inner Janitor!”

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