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What Minimalism Really Means and How It Changes Everyone of Us

What Minimalism Really Means and How It Changes Everyone of Us

What is minimalism? If you think it’s only about having fewer stuff, you don’t really understand the real meaning of minimalism.

Minimalism is the idea of having the chance to pursue happiness. To live our lives fully, it’s not about acquiring more things, but following our passions and do what truly matters.

The True Meaning of Minimalism

Why the Less You Have, the More You Appreciate Yourself

Instead of focusing on whether or not an individual is fulfilling their goals, we focus too much on how much money they make and whether they catch the latest trend. But those things don’t get us more peace and happiness.

Why Minimalism Encourages Fewer Stuff and What It Really Means

When you have too many things, it’s difficult to process information and what truly matters properly.

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How We Are Recognizing the Worth of Material Things More than Their Own Worth

It doesn’t have to be giving up on all your favorite things. What minimalist living really means is recognizing your worth more than the worth of material stuff.

How Minimalism Changes Our Lives

Top 8 Benefits of Living a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism creates more room for what’s important and grants us freedom to live in peace.

8 Ways Minimalism Boosts Your Work Productivity

If you can perform a task in as simple a way as possible, you become more productive and effective in problem solving.

How Good Decisions Are Made in a Minimalist Way

By streamlining your decision making, you reduce (or even eliminate) decision fatigue, and free your mind to work on the important objectives.

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How a Minimalist Style Helps You to Save More Money

Minimalist attitude is that you don’t use more than what you need. This can also help you to minimize your spending and save more.

The Contradiction Between Minimalism and Maximalism

Which One Is Better: A Minimalist Lifestyle or a Maximalist Lifestyle?

There are differences between minimalism and maximalism. But there’s no winner among these two.

How to Tell If Someone Is a Minimalist or Maximalist

Minimalism is marked by clarity and intentionality. A maximalist tend to value the gradual evolution of a space.

How to Live a Minimalist Style

How to Put Minimalism Into Action

Making small shifts is a better way to sustain a long-term perspective on being a minimalist.

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How to Think Like a Minimalist

Minimalism is a mindset and an attitude toward life. It means stopping wondering about things which aren’t necessary for you.

Go Minimalist: 6 Easy Tips for Living With 100 Items or Less

Some useful tips to help you keep less than 100 items to live a minimalist style.

Extreme Minimalism: Andrew Hyde and the 15-Item Lifestyle

If you aren’t familiar with Andrew Hyde, he’s a technology mogul and consultant, and he only owns 15 things.

Challenges Minimalists Face These Days

7 Common Struggles of Minimalist Beginners and How to Overcome Them

The struggle of wanting it, needing it, or trashing it is real.

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Getting Rid of Stuff Is Just the First Step, Understanding Your Identity Is the Hard Part

Deciding to be a minimalist is a massive change. It’s about more than just getting rid of stuff, but identifying who you are.

Minimalist Role Models for Everyone

10 Wealthy and Successful People Who Choose Less Over More

Following the philosophy “less is more”, these minimalists succeed both in their business and personal life.

Highly Productive and Successful People Who Are Also Minimalists

By going minimalist, these successful people successfully reduce decision fatigue and achieve more out of less.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2019

7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It

7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It

Are you keen to reinvent yourself this year? Or at least use the new year as a long overdue excuse to get rid of bad habits or pick up new ones?

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when we feel as if we have to turn over a new leaf. The time when we misguidedly imagine that the arrival of a new year will magically provide the catalyst, motivation and persistence we need to reinvent ourselves.

Traditionally, New Year’s Day is styled as the ideal time to kick start a new phase in your life and the time when you must make your all important new year’s resolution. Unfortunately, the beginning of the year is also one of the worst times to make a major change in your habits because it’s often a relatively stressful time, right in the middle of the party and vacation season.

Don’t set yourself up for failure this year by vowing to make huge changes that will be hard to keep. Instead follow these seven steps for successfully making a new year’s resolution you can stick to for good.

1. Just Pick One Thing

If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with.

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Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. If you’re successful with the first change you can go ahead and make another change after a month or so. By making small changes one after the other, you still have the chance to be a whole new you at the end of the year and it’s a much more realistic way of doing it.

Don’t pick a New Year’s resolution that’s bound to fail either, like running a marathon if you’re 40lbs overweight and get out of breath walking upstairs. If that’s the case resolve to walk every day. When you’ve got that habit down pat you can graduate to running in short bursts, constant running by March or April and a marathon at the end of the year. What’s the one habit you most want to change?

2. Plan Ahead

To ensure success you need to research the change you’re making and plan ahead so you have the resources available when you need them. Here are a few things you should do to prepare and get all the systems in place ready to make your change.

Read up on it – Go to the library and get books on the subject. Whether it’s quitting smoking, taking up running or yoga or becoming vegan there are books to help you prepare for it. Or use the Internet. If you do enough research you should even be looking forward to making the change.

Plan for success – Get everything ready so things will run smoothly. If you’re taking up running make sure you have the trainers, clothes, hat, glasses, ipod loaded with energetic sounds at the ready. Then there can be no excuses.

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3. Anticipate Problems

There will be problems so make a list of what they’ll be. If you think about it, you’ll be able to anticipate problems at certain times of the day, with specific people or in special situations. Once you’ve identified the times that will probably be hard work out ways to cope with them when they inevitably crop up.

4. Pick a Start Date

You don’t have to make these changes on New Year’s Day. That’s the conventional wisdom, but if you truly want to make changes then pick a day when you know you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people. I’ll be waiting until my kids go back to school in February.

Sometimes picking a date doesn’t work. It’s better to wait until your whole mind and body are fully ready to take on the challenge. You’ll know when it is when the time comes.

5. Go for It

On the big day go for it 100%. Make a commitment and write it down on a card. You just need one short phrase you can carry in your wallet. Or keep it in your car, by your bed and on your bathroom mirror too for an extra dose of positive reinforcement.

Your commitment card will say something like:

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  • I enjoy a clean, smoke-free life.
  • I stay calm and in control even under times of stress.
  • I’m committed to learning how to run my own business.
  • I meditate daily.

6. Accept Failure

If you do fail and sneak a cigarette, miss a walk or shout at the kids one morning don’t hate yourself for it. Make a note of the triggers that caused this set back and vow to learn a lesson from them.

If you know that alcohol makes you crave cigarettes and oversleep the next day cut back on it. If you know the morning rush before school makes you shout then get up earlier or prepare things the night before to make it easier on you.

Perseverance is the key to success. Try again, keep trying and you will succeed.

7. Plan Rewards

Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days. After that you can probably reward yourself once a week with a magazine, a long-distance call to a supportive friend, a siesta, a trip to the movies or whatever makes you tick.

Later you can change the rewards to monthly and then at the end of the year you can pick an anniversary reward. Something that you’ll look forward to. You deserve it and you’ll have earned it.

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Whatever your plans and goals are for this year, I’d do wish you luck with them but remember, it’s your life and you make your own luck.

Decide what you want to do this year, plan how to get it and go for it. I’ll definitely be cheering you on.

Are you planning to make a New Year’s resolution? What is it and is it something you’ve tried to do before or something new? Why not pick one from this list: 50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Each Of Them

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