I’m going to paint you a picture of what life could be like if you decided to go just a little more minimal. Minimalism is something that can sound a little boring or a little unfulfilling for some people but that normally just means they don’t understand it.
Instead, imagine that you’ve decided to prioritize quality over quantity and that you want to start doing less with more. Instead of yearning for every item you see in magazines or on TV, you have decided exactly what matters to you and you know how much money you need to get it.
For many people, this will mean moving into a smaller home or perhaps even a more affordable area. Perhaps near friends and family in order to cut the costs of travel.
Right away, you can reduce your living costs by $400 to $1K dollars a month between you and a partner. This makes a massive difference to how wealthy you feel and it means you can afford to do a job that doesn’t include huge amounts of stress and one that doesn’t involve working incredibly long hours.
It means you won’t struggle with debt, or with missed mortgage repayments. And it means that you can go traveling more! A lot of people will find the thought of doing less at work hard. This is where they get their sense of fulfillment and progress after all! Except do you? Why is it that you feel the need to work for someone else to feel like you’re doing well?
Sure, being a manager is exciting and all (is it?) but if the company is just supplying packaging for a cereal company is this really something that you take such pride in that you’re willing to sacrifice time with your family?
Imagine an alternative scenario where your sense of reward and progress comes from painting, or raising your child, or exploring the world!
Suddenly, you begin to feel much more fulfilled because you have the time and the energy to enjoy life. And this is when you need to learn the most important part of the entire process: learning to appreciate what you have.
Too many of us feel constantly antsy because we need to move on to the next thing to be happy. But what if you could be just as happy with the things you already have? Once you accomplish that, life becomes truly amazing.