Who doesn’t want more peace, more happiness, more simplicity? I know I could use some. On this episode of Engaging Life and Leadership, a podcast for twenty-first century men and women, Darren Dake and I explore the ten best ways to simplify your life.
Since this month’s theme is refocused focus, it seems especially fitting for us to explore some minimalist ideas. Opportunities to reduce, rework, refresh.
Engaging Life and Leadership’s 10 Most Important Ways to Simplify Your Life:
1. Material Possessions – Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank accounts, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values. When you invest the time to remove nonessential possessions from your life, you will never regret it.
2. Your Commitments – Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid’s activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. When possible, release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.
3. Your Goals – Reduce the number of your goals to one or two. By reducing the number of goals that you are striving to accomplish, you will improve your focus and your success rate. Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the two most important. Only when you finish one, should you add another from your list.
4. Negative Thoughts – Most negative emotions are completely useless. Resentment, bigotry, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
5. Your Debt – If debt is holding you captive, reduce it. Start today. Do what you’ve got to do to get out from under its weight. Find the help that you need. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.
6. Your Words – Use fewer words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you say. Avoid gossip.
7. Artificial Ingredients – Avoid trans fats, refined grain (white bread), high-fructose corn syrup, and too much sodium. Minimizing these ingredients will improve your energy level in the short-term and your health in the long-term. Also, as much as possible, reduce your consumption of over-the-counter medicine – allow your body to heal itself naturally as opposed to building a dependency on substances.
8. Digital Distractions – Focusing your attention on television, movies, video games, and technology affects your life more than you think. Media rearranges your values. It begins to dominate your life. And it has a profound impact on your attitude and outlook. Unfortunately, when you live in that world on a consistent basis, you don’t even notice how it is impacting you. The only way to fully appreciate its influence in your life is to turn them off. Relationships with others are good, but constant streams of distraction are bad. Learn when to power off the blackberry, log off Facebook, or not read a text. Focus on the important, not the urgent. A steady flow of distractions from other people may make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.
9. Bitterness and Unforgiveness — This may be the most challenging thing for you to discard. But it will be the most powerful and freeing choice you make. Focusing on the removal of these two areas of pain sets you up for a whole lot of happiness.
10. Multi-Tasking — Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. while single-tasking is becoming a lost art. Handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next.
Without realizing it, we can develop a hoarding tendency. Whether in possessions, attitudes, or habits. But with decisive action, we take our lives back by simplifying many areas. Time is the one thing we can’t get back. It’s neither rewindable or recyclable. The ten most important ways we can simplify lives may not redeem time, but it can redeem our energy so we can make the most of the time we have.
Matthew 6:19 (NLT)
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal..
As Darren and Anita travel the country speaking, they strive to balance between smart work and simpler choices. If we can’t live it, we have no business teaching it.
Receive an abundance of prosperity and peace when you learn and apply the secrets discussed. This show on Engaging Life and Leadership will inspire you to make simple, yet powerful changes. Your life should never be the same. Remember, you’re always leading, but are you leading well?
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