When you were learning to walk you did not think for a minute that just because you were very good at crawling you were destined to crawl for the rest of your life.
Crawling was your strength.
You teetered and tottered and fell down. But you got back up and kept on learning to walk and pretty soon there was no stopping you.
You became competent at walking and you didn’t give the entire experience much thought. You just did it.
Nowadays people get so bogged down in attaching labels to every damn thing.
- I’m a hopeless speller
- I’ve always been heavy
- I’m not good at meeting people
- I’m really not good at math
You get the idea. I bet you have labeled yourself negatively as well. I certainly have.
As we get older we start to do the things that are easiest for us to do and we ignore the stuff that is harder. The stuff we really should be working on the most.
The easier stuff allows us to achieve some measure of success and to feel good. Doing things well gets us approval and rewards, and we all want that.
Accumulating stuff is kind of like that. It is a competition. I have more stuff than my sister or the people next door so I am therefore more successful.
But at what cost?
Stress about money. Arguments with your partner over payments. Worrying about retirement.
And maybe you tend to bury your head in the sand and ignore the issues and keep spending money. You don’t talk about and hope it all just goes away somehow.
But you cannot fool yourself can you?
You know that there is a better way.
You have to learn how to walk. The minimalist living walk.
You will not be taught this by mass media. You will not learn this by sitting around and watching television. And you will not learn this by ignoring the issue and not talking to your partner.
Imagine that you are able to tackle and accomplish anything and everything. Picture yourself with money in the bank, no clutter and a clean and tidy living space. Picture yourself with free time to do the things that you really enjoy.
You can change your mindset and you can learn to live a minimalist lifestyle.
There are so many more things that you can do than things that you can’t.
The things you think you can’t do are simply skills you have avoided learning.
By focusing on your strengths, you will find that you can excel at anything because you will be more relaxed and in a positive frame of mind.
This applies to anything, not just minimalist living.
Step outside your comfort zone. Do something that challenges you and scares you.
All you have to do is take the first step.
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