More is not always better.
As the world starts to open again, we will all be faced with many demands and obligations. This episode is designed to help you have a simply successful life.
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DENISE: Welcome and thank you for joining into today’s Positive Forward Motion. This is your host, Denise Scattergood.
Each week I discuss a topic that is designed to help you get more of what you do want, and less of what you don’t want, both personally and professionally.
My goal is to add value to other’s by sharing a topic in 8 minutes or less. Topics that will empower, motivate, and inspire you to have more happiness and success.
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Today’s topic is simple – as in simplicity.
And I am going to start this episode with a quick story:
A businessman was vacationing on a beautiful island when he came across a fisherman lying lazily beside his boat, relaxing and soaking up the sunshine.
“Why aren’t you out fishing?” said the businessman.
“Because I have caught enough fish for the day” said the fisherman.
“Why don’t you catch some more?” said the businessman.
“What would I do with all the extra fish?” said the fisherman.
“You could sell them to earn more money” said the businessman.
“Oh, why would I do that?” said the fisherman
“Then you could buy a bigger boat and go deeper in the ocean and get more fish and sell more. You could hire a crew and buy more boats. You could build a fishing empire and be a rich man like me!” said the businessman.
“Oh, what would I do then?” said the fisherman
“Then you could really enjoy your life. And vacation on the beach in a beautiful island!” said the businessman
Heh, well that story explains it. More is not always better.
And we have certainly had some major changes in our lives over the past four months, and for many of us we have learned how to do without.
As the world is starting to open back up, my wish for you is that you take note and reflect on what really matters, and that you continue to find joy and happiness with less stress
Today’s topic is designed to help us remember that no matter what life throws at us, we can have less stress and find more joy and peace. And We can do this by focusing on the simple things in life and on what really matters.
So today I’m going to give you 7 ways to do just that. Keep your life simple so we can have more joy, love, and peace both personally and professionally.
So, Number One is to be careful to not fill your calendar of unwanted and unnecessary activities and obligations.
Practice saying no to excessive demands.
This is something I learned a long time ago when my kids were in grade school. The business I owned at the time kept me away from my family on the weekends and I felt guilty about that, so I would say yes to every request to volunteer at my children’s school. Cause I was thinking that I was making up for lost time.
Well, all this did was create more stress and you know what? It actually backfired because it gave me even less time with my children. As soon as I learned to gracefully and graciously say no, I was free of worry and stress, and I actually had more quality time to spend with my family.
Number Two: Get OUTDOORS!
When your mind is busy and your starting to feel overwhelmed and stressed, simply taking a walk, or sitting in nature is like hitting the reset button for your brain.
Number Three: Put distance between you and your critics.
Our lives become extremely simplified when we don’t have to defend ourselves to anyone. Evaluate your relationships and only give your time and energy to the ones that are caring, nurturing, and empowering and loving.
Number Four: Schedule free time for yourself…and stick to it!
So, I wonder, during the pandemic did you you maybe learn how much you enjoy your quiet Friday nights all alone? Well, if that’s the case then keep that time for you! Because solitude can be soothing, and you deserve it.
Number Five: Collect time and not things.
Be careful of purchasing things that will clutter and complicate your life. A really good practice here is if you think you must buy that (whatever it is), walk away from it. wait a week or 2 and then see how much you really, really need it. Okay? Because we are much better off when we have less things to worry about and more time to enjoy our life.
And Number Six is: Slow down.
Now that life is opening up again, ask yourself if you really need to fill every waking hour doing. This reminds me of that saying that we should be human beings, because we are human beings, not human doings.
Find ways to slow down and receive all that life has to offer. Go fishing, Meditate, go for a walk, read a book, write a letter, plant a garden, cook a meal from scratch.
Number Seven: Put play in your purpose.
Your work can be fun! Find ways to be silly with your colleagues. Be silly with your children. Have fun! Play and play some more. Our lives become so much more simplified when we learn to laugh and be silly, so give yourself a break and have fun.
As life begins to go back to somewhat normal, ask yourself: What have you learned? What have you learned that you can do without?
Find ways to continue to simplify and slow down so that you can really enjoy your time on this earth.
And I am going to end with a quote from Socrates:
“I have lived long enough to learn how much there is I can really do without”
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