Minimalism is meant to be about more than just the possessions that you own or the possessions that you let go of. It’s about a mindset, a way of life. Minimalism should help you to live an all-around simpler existence. But beyond downsizing your home or decluttering your stuff, how can you downsize your life? What changes can you make that can have a ripple effect on everything else? There is one simple word that can help you out in 3 major areas of your life.
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Get ready because up ahead we have a lot of different ways we are going to practice saying, “NO.”
This word can literally change your life if you allow it to.
Now, I don’t mean running around saying no to everything or turning yourself into an anit-social hermit. The word, no, however, can have some serious benefits if you learn to use it right.
The first thing you need to remember is that saying “no” does not make you a bad person. It can actually make you a better person.
The more you start saying no to things in your life that you don’t need or want, the more you can say yes to things that truly bring you joy.
Let go of any guilt that you feel over this word and start to embrace what possibilities would open up if you started using it more. It can be the best way to downsize your life.
A downsized life is right on the other side of the word no just waiting for you! Ok, that sounded corny…
Drowning in clutter and stuff can make us feel panicky, hopeless and stressed.
Drowning in debt offers up those exact same feelings.
No one wants to live their lives feeling like they are shelling out their hard earned cash to debt collectors, credit cards or car payments.
If any of your goals require you to have financial freedom, now is the time to buckle down and get serious about demolishing your debt.
Living a life where you don’t owe your money to anyone can open up a world of opportunity.
Like most people these days, you probably have some seriously jam-packed days. Whether you are working, have kids, go to school, or all of the above. One thing people tend to do is get away with saying yes to everything.
It gets exhausting.
When your schedule is already full, saying no can be one of the most freeing things you’ll ever do.
Things you can say “no” to:
Whatever it is, whatever the extra addition to your schedule, chances are you have an idea of the areas in your schedule where you need to downsize your life.
Schedule clearing posts:
Now this one can be tough.
What expectations are you putting on yourself that are just plain unrealistic?
Are there expectations someone else is putting on you that are unrealistic?
Time to let go of all of them.
Putting high expectations
onourselves can easily add stress where stress is not needed.
One huge way to avoid the stress of this is to just totally own up to your limits. Be honest about what you can and cannot handle and proceed accordingly.
Have you ever considered setting the bar lower?
Big goals are great, but the reality is that it takes a lot of tiny goals before you make your way to a big goal.
So, what is one small goal you can set for yourself today instead of piling a ton of stuff on your to-do list and then either accomplishing none or just half-heartedly doing some of them.
If you say “no” to volunteering at your child’s school, you may be saying yes to 1 hour of quiet alone in your house. Never underestimate the power of doing nothing.
Minimalism requires a lot of saying no. It’s all about priorities and knowing what yours are. To start to downsize your life, I promise you no will be the word that can do it all for you.