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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” Chapter 5 9/5/2012

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!

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Chapter 5 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life: Growth

Deciding to Change & Finding Leverage

“The first step in any change, big or small, is making the decision to change. We’re talking about making a real decision – one in which you make the change a must in your life – not something you should change someday when it becomes convenient for you.”

“Leverage is your ability to associate enough satisfaction with the change that you have no choice but to make the change a must in your life.”

“…the satisfaction you’ll experience on the other side of the change is so high that you must make the change a reality.”

This is what the “Life Planning” process did for me. One of the steps in the process has you think about what you would like your life to look like in 10, 20, 30 years. It made me think about the fact that I want to be living a very positive and active lifestyle when I am 70 years old. It has given me a picture of a future that I want, but I have to make changes in my life today to ensure that it happens. A great example of this happened just a few months ago. I had very severe back pain to the point where I could only lay down. I went to a physical therapist and he said that it all pointed to bad posture. This was no surprise to me because I have had bad posture most of my adult life. But suddenly I had the motivation to do something about it. Why the motivation now? Because I have a picture in my mind of dancing and having fun in my 70’s and 80’s and I know if I don’t take care of my back now, I will not be dancing then. FYI – there are a number of free life planning tools available. If you are interested, let me know.

“Whenever a change doesn’t last, it’s always because the person doesn’t see enough long-term benfit from the change.”

“But once you can associate an immense amount of satisfaction with the change, it becomes a must for you.”

“To get the leverage, we started to associate dissatisfaction with our current sates. Then we began to assocate immense amounts of satisfaction with the daily changes we had made.”

Paint a picture of your future! What does it look like? Does it get you excited enough to make the changes you need to make today?