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So, you’re looking for a simpler life? Less stress, less mess, less clutter? More happiness, more time, more space?
Awesome. You’re in the right place.
But I want to be upfront with you: it’s not easy. In fact, at times it can be ridiculously complicated.
The good news is, once you’ve decided, “Yes, I need change. I need to slow down. To focus on what’s important. To actively choose a positive life,” then you’re halfway there.
You’ve got the motivation. You’ve got the commitment. Now it’s time to act.
When the Going Gets Tough… How Do You Stay Committed?
To build muscle, you need to repeat the same movement over and over and over. For weeks, months even. And once you’ve built that muscle, you need to keep using it regularly – or face seeing it atrophy and wither away – as though it never existed.
Building habits for simple living is exactly the same. The key is to simply start. And then keep going.
(For a more in-depth look at how to work out your simple living priorities, as well as which changes to make first – this post has you covered.)
Making this new habit part of life, day after day, week after week, month after month, means you already are committed – through your actions.
You don’t have to say, “I am committed to making this habit stick,” because your actions speak for you.
But…I’m Afraid of Committment.
That’s understandable. Because change is scary. Committing to changing your life is scary.
You may be struggling to breathe underneath your piles of clutter, or the weight of your hectic and crammed life – but at least it’s familiar. You know how it works. It’s your comfort zone.
So again, I tell you:
Start small. Start inside. Start with something.
And on the days you can’t be bothered, remind yourself why you’re doing this.
To make room for the people and things that matter. To find contentment. To love your life.
There is always more to be done. Always. Accept that fact and move on.
You will never “arrive” at a mythical Simple Life where everything is champagne and back rubs. It doesn’t exist. Life isn’t simple.
But every change you make – no matter how small, how easy or how insignificant, will make a difference. It’s a step in the right direction.
And if you can string together a handful of those baby steps, then, Hey! Look at you! You’re on your way! You’ve done good.
Some days it’s easier to feel committed to change than others. If you had one motivating word to say to yourself on those days, what would it be?
Write it down on a piece of paper and stick it on the fridge, or above your desk – somewhere you will see it daily. As a reminder of where you’re headed.