I don’t know about you, but I am a knowledge junkie. I love learning new things. I have quite a number of books that I haven’t yet read, bookmark files full of websites I want to spend more time on, and hours of audio and video trainings that would take me weeks to get through. Then, of course, there are all the books I have access to at the library.
If I quit my job tomorrow, and didn’t have to worry about my children, it would probably take me several years to learn from all the resources I have just on my hard drive, not to mention implementing any of it.
There was a time not long ago that I would sign up for any list that offered something for free, whether I really needed it or not. I’m getting a lot better about choosing what I sign up for, and thereby download, though I still download somethings with no idea when I am going to listen to or read them.
What’s this information hoarding all about? Well, as I said, I value knowledge, and there are lots of things I want to learn more about, like marketing. So I download information about those topics I am interested in.
And then there is the psychology of “free”. If something is “Free!” most people (myself included at times) tend to take one, or several if it is a physical object, because you never know when you might need it. The problem with that is that mentality comes from beliefs about lack, instead of abundance. If I take something I don’t need right now, because I am uncertain if I may need it in the future, the underlying belief is that it won’t be available in the future.
And holding on to clutter or information I don’t need stores energy and takes up space that bigger and better things would otherwise be able to fill.
I think I have some work to do. There is some stored energy in my home and on my hard drive that needs to be released. It may be somewhat challenging for me, because that “what if” voice can be pretty loud. And, of course, there’s the fact that I would rather do (almost) anything than clean house. If better things and experiences are on their way to me though, I had better make room!
What about you? Do you hoard information? What can you move out of your life to make room for something better? Leave me a comment below. And you never know – something positive may come your way!