3 MINDSETS TO HELP YOU GET MORE OUT LIFE
Decluttering, minimalism and the less-is-more philosophy encourage you to find happiness and contentment with what you have, instead of feeling the need to fill your homes and hearts with clutter and new things bought from the shops. However, you don’t need to ditch the clutter or throw yourself head first into the minimalist life. Much of the time, it’s how we think that determines how we feel and act, so here are 3 mindsets to help you get more out of life.
WHY LESS CAN BE MORE
I believe that by focusing on less we can actually have a richer, fuller life, just with less of the clutter that adds waffle and fluff without any real tangible benefit.
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HOW TO DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF IF LESS CAN MEAN MORE
Much of what I share about my experiences of simplifying my life and living with less stuff generally, start with the physical act of decluttering my belongings.
Yet, decluttering is only just a tool to help you begin the shift to a simpler, easier lifestyle.
The process of decluttering is much more than what it says on the tin. Yes, you’re getting rid of the random clutter that invades your space, but you’re also beginning to ask yourself some important and intentional questions – not just about what to keep, but more importantly why you want to keep it.
- Do you love it?
- Do you use it?
- Does it add value in some way to your life?
These questions are more than just a way of working out what you’re going to get rid of and what you’re going to keep.
They’re forcing you to think about what’s important to you in life, where your priorities are and how you’re going to focus on them to get more out of your life with what you’ve already got, rather than needing more to make you happy and fulfilled.
If you’d like to try decluttering or minimalism for yourself, then these posts might help:
3 MINDSETS TO HELP YOU GET MORE OUT OF LIFE
But, there are some other ways you can get more out of life. So, if you’re thinking of ways to try the less-is-more philosophy for yourself, but without committing to decluttering or a minimalist lifestyle, maybe you’d like to try these 3 mindsets to help you get more out of life.
Mindfulness is the art of being aware of your current state of being in the present moment. Put simply, mindfulness encourages you to acknowledge how you think and feel at any given time.
I’m not a mindfulness expert so I’m sure you’ll find some much better and accurate descriptions elsewhere on the internet. Yet, what I do know is that when you take the time to make a note of how you’re feeling, thinking and acting at a particular time, it can really help you be present in the moment, instead of chasing the next thing.
- Give yourself a moment to pause and reflect on whatever you’re doing and be present. Don’t think about what came before it, what you need to do after it, what you should be doing now or what you’ve forgotten to do.
- Enjoy, savour and allow yourself to be absorbed by the experience – whether that’s eating a bar of chocolate, reading your favourite book, holding your child’s hand, feeling the sunlight on your face, the wind through your hair or eating dinner with your partner.
- Allow whatever feelings, thoughts and sensations you have right at that moment to sink in, so you can remember them and really appreciate them.
- Stop half-experiencing things because you’re too busy moving onto the next thing, or thinking about your next task. Slow your life down whenever you can and put it in slow-motion, even press pause.
When you’re flying from one activity, appointment or project to the next, you stop to appreciate what’s right in front of you. You’re in danger of always needing the next thing to drive you on, be a marker of your achievement, give you a sense of self-worth or something that the neighbours can envy.
Be mindful of the small things because small things can be just as meaningful as big things.
Small things tend to happen more often but they’re more easily overlooked. To use an extreme comparison, what about the sound of your child’s laughter (more frequent) or a lottery win (rarely, if ever!). If we had to choose which one to have and which one to forego, I bet most of us would prefer to hear the giggles instead of have the money.
Mindfulness encourages and enables us to enjoy the present moment without needing to chase more, better and bigger because we learn to fully and deeply experience and appreciate the value of what we have already.
I think many of us (including myself sometimes) tend to take things for granted. We only realise how much we love or use something until we’re forced to be without. This could apply to anything from our pc not working to the death of a loved one although, of course, these things affect us in different ways and with different levels of gravity, impact and emotion.
This is why I think the mindset of gratitude is such an important one, but it’s so easily overlooked or forgotten. We fail to appreciate what we have already and to be grateful and thankful that we have it in our lives.
When we realise how lucky we already are for what we have in our lives, we’re much more likely to feel happy, content and satisfied with what we DO have, instead of constantly seeking more of what we DON’T.
Not only can this constant chasing make us feel unsettled and unclear but we can become complacent and oblivious to all the things that enrich our lives already.
Making gratitude a daily practice can be such a wonderful way of appreciating what you have, building on that instead of always chasing what’s on the other side.
Remember the quote about the grass is always greener on the other side? Well there’s another quote by Neil Barringham ‘The grass is green where you water it’.
For some simple steps to help us all be more grateful for what we have and less ungrateful for what we don’t, check out this post on gratitude.
I love the concept of intentional living. I love knowing what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. I love knowing that I have direction, purpose and I’m living my life in the fullest way possible.
That doesn’t mean that I always get it right, that life doesn’t come along and shake things up from time to time but generally speaking, I have a flexible plan for what I want and how I’m going to make it happen.
An intentional mindset helps me think carefully and deliberately about what I let into my life and what I keep out.
In this post we’ve talked about 3 mindsets that help you get more out of life – mindfulness, gratitude and intention. They’re 3 mindsets that everyone can try on for size and see how they fit.
Although they go hand-in-hand with the concepts of decluttering and minimalism, you don’t have to become a decluttering expert or extreme minimalist to give them a go and experience the benefits of a fuller life but with less stuff.