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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” Chapter 2 8/15/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

Food Choice

Chapter 2 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Feeling Better:
“The desire to improve your health has little to do with looking better.”

“Instead, we’re far more concerned about how you feel. We want you to feel better; looking better is a nice perk that is essentially guaranteed once you start feeling better.”

We all love to look good, but I certainly understand what the authors are getting at. A few years back I decided to lose 20 pounds and I did it through counting my calories and only allowing myself to have so many calories a day plus some exercise. I will never forget the day that I had a choice between a banana and a donut that were the same calories and I always went for the junk.

Yes, I lost the weight, but once I started to ramp up my exercise, I never had enough energy for the intense workout. I changed what I was eating and was AMAZED at how much better I felt. When I make healthier food choices, I have so much more energy and feel so much more focused.

What one change can you make today to eat healthier?

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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/13/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

jig dance

Day 8 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Defining Health:
“We believe your health is the best place to start your journey towards living a meaningful life. We want you to enjoy your life, and living a healthy lifestyle gives you the optimum condition to do so.”

I turned 40 this year and this year has been riddled with health issues. It has reminded me how important it is for me to prioritize my health so that I can be dancing a jig at the age of 80. Wherever you are on your health journey, start taking the next steps today!I have found that the more healthy habits I establish now, the better things are going to go down the road.

What is the one area that you need to focus on with regards to your health? What is one thing you can start doing today to move in that direction?

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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/12/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

sun jump

Day 7 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

What it means to live a meaningful life:

The authors discovered five dimensions that allow us to live a meaningful life. The following chapters will go through them one-by-one.

“These are the areas we changed in our lives that had the largest positive impact and results in more satisfaction and contentment for the two of us.”

Health
Relationships
Passions
Growth
Contribution

Let’s take the plunge into “Health” tomorrow!

Anchor Update: I started this morning to dig into one of my attitude anchors. I have also seen others starting to make some changes as well! Great stuff!

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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/11/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

Freedom

Day 6 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Discovering Minimalism:
I enjoyed this section because I came in with my own preconceived notions of what “Minimalism” was. These sections jumped out at me.

“The point is that minimalism is a tool to help achieve freedom….Real Freedom.”

“Minimalism looks different for everyone because it is about finding what is essential to you.”

“Minimalism is a tool we use to live a meaningful life. It is a tool to achieve happiness, which is (let’s face it) what we are all looking for. We all want to be happy. Minimalism can help.”

“There are no rules in minimalism. Rather minimalism is simply about stripping away the unnecessary things in your life so you can focus on what’s important.”

“Minimalists search for happiness not through things, but through life itself.” – WOW, that’s a big one for me!

How are the small steps going?
Did you notice the warning in this section?
The start is going to be challenging, but keep pushing through!

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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/10/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

people walking

Day 5 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Follow-up to Anchors:
Were you able to take time to reflect on your anchors? It was very insightful for me. I found that a number of my anchors are attitudes that I have. For me it’s easy to get rid of “stuff”, but changing my attitudes is not going to be easy!

Making Hard Decisions:
Minimalism gave the example of Joshua’s mother dieing and how he had to make some hard decisions. Depending on what your anchors are, depends are what those hard decisions are going to be, but they will be challenging none the less.

In Coaching we talk about “The Gap”.
Identifying our anchors is a real picture of your life today. Then we have the picture of what we want our life to be with our anchors removed. The space between where we are now, and where we want to be is “the gap”. We can put simple action steps in place to start filling that gap and living the life that we want to live.

Upcoming chapters are going to walk us through many different areas of our life. It will be great to work through each of them as we move along.

But start today! Start to move forward with small steps to remove your anchors. Ask yourself “What is the next thing you can do to remove the anchor?” and start moving forward.

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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/8/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

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Day 4 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

“So we decided to take an inventory of our lives. We wanted to find out what was making us unhappy, and what we needed to do to change those things in our lives, so we could experience happiness, passion, and freedom – so we could experience a meaningful live.”

The Author’s
Identified anchors (what was making then feel stuck and preventing them from growing)
Identify priorities (split above anchors into major anchors and minor anchors)
Started to remove the anchors (reclaimed time to be used in more meaningful ways)
This book is so good I could go on, but I think we need to stop and spend time putting the above into action. What is the value of reading if we do not apply it? It’s in the application that the good stuff happens.

Take time today or tonight to start identifying, writing down then thinking about how to start removing anchors…them start moving.

If you find the “moving” part to be challenging, let me know and together we can work on creating small steps to get you started.

This step is HUGE in the process of Minimalism! It deserves time if you want to grow in your life!

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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/7/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

cotton candy

Day 3 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Manufactured Contentment: “unhappy with our jobs and our personal lives, we tried to fix our discontent in different ways.”

As I read, here are some of the ways the authors tried to find contentment in life. Note that many of these are not bad in and of themselves, to me it is interesting to take a look at the list, because I can relate to many of them.

Many of them did bring long term contentment like my marriage to John, many were short term fixes like working my tail off to feel valued, and some I still struggle with today like my addiction to SUGAR! It is my go to when I am having a bad day.

Can you relate to any of them?

  • Religion
  • Marriage
  • Bought house
  • Start a family
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Worked his tail off
  • Performing as on of the best sales people (at work)
  • Earned promotion
  • Money
  • Buying fancy clothes
  • Expensive vacations
  • Electronics
  • Gadgets
  • Food
  • Status

Side note: They had cotton candy at the Muny (local outdoor theater) last night and I resisted! I had dreams of cotton candy last night…but I resisted!

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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/6/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

content

Day 2 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Chapter one focuses on the problem the book want to address: Discontentment

“We didn’t wake up one morning and say, gee, everything was fine yesterday, but today I am unhappy. Discontentment doesn’t work that way. Rather, it’s a slow burn; it’s a pernicious problem that creeps into your life after years of subtle dissatisfaction.”

I am very rarely content. It seems like I am always restless. I have made important changes in my life and I really do love my life, but I am very rarely content. I always want more. I guess the question is: What do I want more of?

What are your thought on contentment in life?

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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/5/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

happy or sad

Day 1 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Chapter one starts with a quote. “Everything is amazing right now, and yet nobody’s happy.” -Louis C.K.

Do you think this statement is accurate? I know I put on a “happy face” when I am around others even when I am struggling with things on the inside. I try to stay positive so I don’t know if others can really see if I am happy or not. I guess those close to me know…

What percentage of people do you think are unhappy in life? 10%? 50%? 90%? Somewhere in between?

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Just Do It! (with all deference to Nike)

The world we live in today is full of mixed messages.

• You have to have a retirement plan.
• What are your vacation plans?
• We’re going for review your performance plans.
• Just Do It!
• Carpe Diem

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STOP

The truth, as always, lives somewhere in between.

As we launch Lead Thru Example, I’ve had to take this advice myself.

You see, I have a huge perfectionist streak as part of my personality.

I could literally spend hours and hours trying to get things tweaked, and never get to the point of launching.

I’m learning to embrace the concept of “permanent beta”.

Michael Hyatt aptly describes this concept in his article: http://michaelhyatt.com/embrace-permanent-beta-and-launch.html

I’d encourage you today to take a 10 minute look at your life, find the “good enough”, stop talking, and take action.

Where can you embrace permanent beta in your life? Feel free to comment below.

Unleash Your Potential!
-John