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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 May 26, 2020

Top 10 Reasons Why People Don’t Reach Their Goals

Top 10 Reasons Why People Don’t Reach Their Goals

With everything that happens around us, it is sometimes difficult to reach our goals. This is compounded if you have any of the reasons on the list below.

Luckily, in addition to the top 10 reasons why people don’t reach their goals, I’ve included a quick fix for each of them. So let’s get to it.

1. Creating Vague Goals

When you don’t know where you are going, it is really hard to get there. Many people set themselves up for failure when they set goals that are unclear. “I want to lose weight” sounds like a great goal but the people who set this kind of goal will never reach it. It is not because the people are not motivated or disciplined but because the goal is too general. Do you want to lose 5 lbs or 50 lbs?

Quick Fix:  Set SMART goals by being Specific, making sure they are Measurable, Achievable and Realistic, and last but not least — give yourself a Time deadline. If you want to go one step further, you may want to read The Missing Letter in Your Smart Goals.

2. Lacking a Higher Purpose

Goals can be set on any topic imaginable but if you don’t have a higher purpose, it makes it is easy to give up once the initial motivation and excitement wears off. Understanding how your goal is relevant to you allows you to persevere even when the going gets tough.

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Quick Fix: When setting your SMART goal, ask yourself how the goal is relevant to your life and what you want to achieve.

3. Procrastinating

Even when you have SMART goals that are relevant to your purpose, if you don’t get started, you’ll never achieve your goal. One of the most dangerous phrases is “I’ll do it later.”

Quick Fix: Make sure the goal has been broken down into manageable pieces and then start right away. Here are 11 Practical Ways to Stop Procrastination.

4. Not Taking Responsibility

Things will go wrong. That’s a fact of life. When something comes up and you don’t achieve your goal, who do you blame? Your boss who kept you at work late so you couldn’t work on your book or maybe the horrible weather that stopped you from going to the gym. If it’s not your fault, there is nothing you can do, right?

Quick Fix: Own up to not reaching your goals. When you take responsibility, you’ll become resourceful knowing that you have control over the attainment of your goals.

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5. Listening to People Who Discourage You

When you go for your goals, especially the big ones that really count and fit in with your purpose in life, it is inevitable that people will discourage you. There are many reasons for this: concern, jealousy, ignorance, etc. How many goals have already been given up on because other people decided they were not worth pursuing?

Quick Fix: This one is easy. As long as you know the purpose for your goal, ignore the naysayers. You can take what they are saying into consideration but make sure you make the final choice.

6. Starting Too Many Projects

I’m a starter. That sounds like a good thing but not when you start too many things, you don’t end up finishing many of them. This usually stems from the fear of missing out (FOMO) or being someone who has many ideas.

Quick Fix: Understand that you have a limited amount of time and that you can’t do everything. To deal with FOMO, realize that by not finishing, you are missing out on all the opportunities that open up when you finish the projects you are working on.

7. Being Negative

If you think you’re not going to make it, then you’re probably not going to make it. If you don’t believe you’re going to reach your goal, then when you fail, it is expected which makes it easy to stop trying. When you are optimistic and a setback occurs, you focus your energy on finding solutions because you truly believe there is one. If you believe that you suffer from bad luck, check out this article.

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Quick Fix: Consider the idea that optimism and pessimism are both expectations of the future. Each are equally likely to be true but which belief will help you lead a happier more fulfilled life? Instead of wasting your energy on complaining, spend that energy on learning.

8. Being Selfish

There are people out there that think it is silly to help others. They believe in taking and not giving. They are misers with their time, money and knowledge and are only interested in opportunities where they stand to benefit. Most big goals require the help of others and it is very difficult to help people who only care about taking.

Quick Fix: Serve others first. Always look for ways to add value to other people.

9. Surrounding Yourself with People Who Don’t Reach Their Goals

You are who you associate with. This may be hard to swallow for some people and there are always exceptions to the rule but for the most part, we act in accordance with the people around us. This comes from the strong ad natural desire to belong and to be accepted (think of all the dumb things you did in high school just to fit in).

Quick Fix: Associate with people who always reach their goals.

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10. Watching Too Much TV

Not all TV is bad but if you are watching TV then most likely you are not doing anything to move one step closer to your goal. The problem with TV these days is that it is captivating. There are programs for all interests and hobbies and the shows keep getting better and better. Those who watch alot of TV usually don’t reach their goals and perhaps people watch TV because they don’t have any goals.

Quick Fix: Shut off the TV. Cancel the cable. Pick up a book that will help you move one step closer to your goal. Here are 6 Steps to Remove TV from your Life.

Do you have anything to add? What do you think are the reasons why people don’t reach their goals and what are your thought about the 10 reasons we have listed here. Feel free to give your own effective quick fixes for the different reasons in the comments section below.

Featured photo credit: Kyle Glenn via unsplash.com

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