Stopping Irritations

In our current culture there is a lot of talk about the environment. Many people working in many causes. Today, though, we’re to chat about the environments you live in but not the creek in your neighborhood nor the Amazon rainforests.

Jim Bunch, developer of The Ultimate Game of LIfe transformational development program, lays out these nine environments that every person has. Jim is a mentor of mine that believes that humans are more apt to more fully engage in a game than they are in “work”. And that life is a team sport. It is a fascinating approach that I am enjoying learning about.

First there is you–the core of you that is unchanging. You are surrounded by these nine environments.

• Memetic–beliefs, ideas, knowledge, cultural norms
• Body–physical body, health, energy
• Self–personality, gifts, talents, strengths, emotions
• Spiritual–Connection to a higher source, love, and self
• Relationships–Family, friends, close colleagues, support personnel
• Network–Community, strategic partners, customers
• Financial–Money, investments, budgeting, insurance
• Physical–Home, office, furnishings, equipment/technology
• Nature–Outdoors, beauty, seasons, cycle of life

Whether you agree with how Jim’s got them grouped isn’t important. We can agree that we’ve all got these going on. Now we’re at the “so what?”

Are these environments supporting you or not? As you continue to take 100 percent responsibility for your life, let’s visit about tolerations and irritations. One week we will address a bucket list; you know a list of experiences, possessions, or qualities you want before you die. This week, though, is about experiences, possessions or qualities that you irritate you and that you tolerate.

Grab a piece of paper, divide it into four vertical columns. Write these headers across the top, one for each column.

1. What is irritating me?
2. How can I fix it?
3. Who can I delegate all or part of fixing it to?
4. Due date

An easy first way to do this is with your physical environment of where you live–no matter if you own a home, rent an apartment, have roommates. When you walk through that space, write down those things you are tolerating or that irritate you. What irritates you may not be what would irritate me, so don’t make a value judgment about whether something ought or ought not irritate/bother you. If it does, write it down in that first column.

In the next column of “how can I fix it” write down the steps to accomplish that. Then, can you delegate it in all or part to someone else? Then, when you’ll have it accomplished by.

Here’s an example:
Irritating me: The kitchen faucet that drips and I have to turn off the hot water underneath it to keep it from dripping.

How to fix it: Replace the faucet, or some part of the faucet.

Who can I delegate it to: Plumber or a friend who knows about plumbing.

Due date
: I will call a plumber the next pay period.

Even going through this simple process of writing these down and the due date, helps relieve the feelings of irritation that cause negative energy in our day. Remember, you are 100 percent responsible for your life. As you want to create your life so that it has fewer and fewer irritations, so that your energies are more fully directed at using your God-given strengths out in the world.

I have been fascinated about how a messy closet or drawer, an unkempt area of the yard, a wobbly chair, or wall art that no longer inspires impact how I go through each day. How filling out fully the four columns gives me mental permission to set an irritation aside because I know it is going away at a particular set day. Yes, even if the due date isn’t right now. I know you’ll find it true for yourself, too. Will you try it? Remember, nothing changes until you do.

I’m off to fix something on my irritation list right now. Re-gluing those drawers to an old chest have been bothering me since Thanksgiving. Long enough don’t you think?