Simplicity in life is about subtracting the obvious and multiplying the meaningful.
Simplicity is not just about decluttering your garage or cleaning out your closets. As much as I love clean, well-organized closets and plenty of open space in my garage, there’s more to simplicity than what meets the eye. Simplicity can go much deeper than what is out in the open for the world to see.
There is this other aspect of simplicity, the one that reveals the needless mental clutter and internal “junk” you’re always carrying around with you. This kind of simplicity brings awareness to the self-sabotage you allow in the space between your ears.
When we feel overwhelmed or pulled in multiple directions in life, the situation may seem outside our control, but what if we believed for a moment that it is completely within our reach to shift into a place of peace and power?
The culprit is inside us. It is woven into our human habits, blocking our path to simplicity. The culprit is our tendency to complicate everything!
Most of us are brilliant at complicating the simple. We have anxiety and stress in our lives from adding pressure where none is necessary. We go on and on to describe a simple concept. We write longer emails, text messages or social media comments than necessary to explain simple points. We have heated discussions with our loved ones over insignificant issues. And the list goes on.
If you are doing any of these things, you are suffering from the constant form of mental clutter that is taking up unnecessary space in your mind. But you are not alone in this struggle, and you are not alone in your desire for less complication and more simplicity in your life.
So let’s get to the “how.” Here are five ways of outsmarting your own mental clutter with the power of simplicity. The more frequently you apply these strategies, the faster you will uncomplicate your thoughts, and the closer your life will get to the essence of simplicity:
1. Question your stories.
You know what they say, don’t believe everything you hear nor everything you read. Don’t believe the gossip columns in the magazine, the doom and gloom predictions from your co-workers, or the “shocking news” that you hear on TV … until you have verified it.
Well, the same concept applies to your inside world – your thoughts.
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