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!
Chapter 6 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life: Contribution
“The second type of positive experience – the positive experience you dislike – are the key to living a meaningful life. That is, finding ways to transform the positive experience you dislike into positive experiences you enjoy is the ticket to changing your life long-term. This one strategy is the ticket to long-term happiness, fulfillment, and a life with meaning.”
Have you noticed that so many of the challenging areas of our lives really come down to a challenge of the mind? When we change our mindset, so much more is possible. I love what the authors of minimalism describe above. To try to take something that is good, but is hard and change our perspective on it to make it a positive and allow for long-term change. A silly example of this in my life is that even though I lost 20lbs a few years ago, I simply could not get off the last few pounds. I have realized over time that I love prizes, so I created an incentive program of prizes for me as I lost the last few pounds. So when I was craving sour cherry balls I asked myself if it was worth it because I might not get my prize. Find what works for you! Change your mindset on something that you are challenged with today and work towards long term change!