This past week, I caught a cold. A pretty BAD cold. One that I am STILL getting over, 6 days later. As I do whenever I'm sick, once I had the energy, I had a strong urge to clean and get rid of clutter in the house. For some reason, donating items has become easier and easier for me to do. There's a great Ted Talk about possessions, and how you should only keep those items that you really love, because everything else is just clutter keeping you from having a fulfilling life. Stuff is just that. Stuff. Clutter. Stress. Things you trip over. If you're hanging on to something that no longer serves you, donate it. Stuff weighs you down. Think of it like packing for vacation. Do you REALLY need to check that huge suitcase at the airport, or can you make-do on your trip with hand carry? Chances are, hand carry is all you need.
Mentally, if you're hanging on to a memory or experience that no longer serves you, say "thank you" and move on. Push your grudges, fears, anger, and regrets aside, and make room for new experiences. You have learned from these hardships, and now it's time to stop mulling them over and over in your mind. Open up, step out of your comfort zone, and go on. I have 2 experiences coming up this year that are WAY out of my comfort zone (stay tuned for these, t-minus 2 months and t-minus 5 months and counting...), but there is no way I would be even remotely willing to do either of them without having cleared out my mental clutter first.
So there you have it- habit 7 is let go. Let go of physical and emotional baggage. You don't need it, it doesn't serve you, so carry on and make room for the new and wonderful things waiting for you to let in.