Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Do more. Do more. Get more. Fit in more. More more more. Our whole society has become consumed by the undisciplined pursuit of more. Work. Work more. We recognize there’s so much we have to do, so we try to do it all. There’s a word for trying to do everything all the time: madness!
The only way to overcome this problem is to change the way we think—adopt the mindset of only doing the things that are essential. Essentialism is the art of discerning between external noise and internal voice. Essentialism is a mindset —not a tactic or tip to do more.
It’s a good idea to recognize the value of contemplation versus impulse. Create pause with your decisions and properly identify the essential. Make a decision based not on external pressure. Make it based on internal clarity of purpose. The pause is imperative to determining if something is truly essential.
Most of us pride ourselves on taking advantage of all opportunities and think that having a packed calendar is valuable. Instead, relish in missing out on the non-essential. Place value on making the decision to pass on something and understand that missing out can manifest opportunity in its own ways too.
Not everything is important. Life is not a set of almost equal activities. Life is not an all you can eat buffet. It’s amazingly great food. Essentialism is about finding the right food. More and more is valueless. Staying true to your purpose and being selective in what you take on results in a more meaningful, richer, and sweeter quality of life.
One way to live in the moment is to reduce the impulse to always have something to do. Many have no idea what to do without outside stimulation—downtime is when imagination gets engaged and true creativity happens. The subconscious needs to talk to the conscious and this cannot happen with constant, digital preoccupation.
Summing-up: Do the real work, let the non-essential fall away. Essentialism is a mindset—a way of life. We’ve been oversold the value of more and undersold the value of less.