Call it minimalism, essentialism or whatever you want. Having less and focusing on less make you better and makes you happier.
I’m a fitness coach. But more than fitness, I provide hope. And, even more than hopeful, I want to help people be happy.
You see, someone may come to me with a goal like “I want to lose 20lbs because I want to improve my sex life.”
Someone else may say “I want to run a marathon so I can feel accomplished.”
Others, still, may say “I just want to feel healthy and fight old age because I’m afraid I’ll end up like my parents.”
These are all different goals but, not surprisingly, they all have the same motivation. All of these people want to be happy.
In fact, being happy is the only goal anyone has. It’s just the details about how to get there that make them different.
And it’s those same details that usually get in the way of our happiness.
Details are interesting. They’re fun. They’re what makes us unique. They’re a driving force behind innovation. They aren’t a bad thing.
But when you have too many, it’s a problem.
The more possessions you have, the more things you do, the more unfinished conflicts and projects and thoughts you have, the harder it is to be happy.
I believe we’re capable of anything but we’re also finite. There is only so much time and energy in your life. Choose the few things you want to spend that time and energy on and fulfill yourself through meaningful accomplishment, not just fleeting interest.
Do what’s important and basically ignore everything else. Be aggressive. This is your happiness and your life that’s at stake.
Do fewer things, have less stuff, build deeper relationships, and do everything you do as well as possible. Intentionally ignore the noise around you and watch as the details fade and everyday happiness becomes more and more attainable.