I put together a short list of a few items that have at times, made me unsatisfied with life. It is likely that we are each guilty of each of these items to some degree, myself included.
I hope this post brings value to your life by highlighting some ways in which you can experience more of the good stuff in life!
Hillary and I are definitely guilty of this one. Having too much “stuff” sitting around your home, car, or office can be debilitating. More importantly, most of this “stuff” provides no extra value to our life. It just sits there unused for 50 weeks out of the year. Do yourself a favor and get rid of some old clothes, decorations, or anything else you haven’t used regularly in the last few months.
Don’t let the accumulation of things tie you down or let habit of collecting things be the substitute for collecting experiences. After all, experiences are all you can take with you.
There is something nice about having less. You start to appreciate the things that you do have. I am not advising that you live in one of those tiny houses or anything, just actively throw out/donate old items every few weeks!
Trust me, you’ll feel better after you do!
B) You Work Too Much
It’s really easy to get caught up in the rat race of trying to make as much money as possible or move up the company ladder. For what though? Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to be driven and ambitious, but it is also important to make sure that your life is in balance. Most importantly, if you are going to work 50,60, or 70+ hours a week you better make sure that it’s not just to make your bosses bottom line look better! You will never get to the end stages of life and wish you had put in more hours at the office.
C) You don’t “play” enough
This fact struck me when Hillary and I went to our cousin’s birthday party at one of those places with an entire warehouse full of trampolines lining the floor. It had been years since I had jumped on a trampoline! I found myself trying to do tricks, playing dodge-ball, and doing everything else I used to do when I was a kid! Why did we ever stop doing these things?
You’re probably thinking, “that sounds great Greg, but I am too out of shape to do that now!”. Well, which came first, the chicken or the egg! Find simple ways to incorporate play into your life and the weight will start to come off!
I am not saying that you should go try a backflip on a trampoline, I am just simply encouraging you to get outside and play more. It’s great exercise (much harder than just sitting on the recumbent bike), and it is good for your mind!
It can be really easy to get caught up in the cycle of going to work, taking the kids to practice, cleaning (if you’re lucky), making dinner, paying the bills, and doing all of those other “adult” things. Because of this, it’s important to sprinkle in just a tad of excitement into your life!
These adult responsibilities still need to be accomplished of course, but not at the expense of your happiness. You may argue otherwise…but you’re wrong! Being frustrated, overwhelmed, frazzled is a choice- choose to play instead!
D) You don’t set goals
When is the last time that you sat down and wrote down a list of all of your goals? If you’re like most people it was either last January or never at all!
Although setting some yearly goals in January is great, you should be writing, reading, and reviewing your goals each and every day!
Life is a journey; corny, but true! I am a firm believer that life it is not a journey in which you have no control of the destination. You are the captain! You can’t control the weather, broken masts, or pirates trying to hijack your ship, but you can plan your route, prepare for these circumstances, and develop contingency plans for each of them!
Ok, let’s jump out of that metaphor and back into reality…
The only way to design the life of your dreams is to continuously set goals for yourself that put you baby steps closer to your ultimate accomplishments.
I can’t tell you what your goals should be. Maybe you want to travel to all 50 states, maybe you HATE traveling. It is up to you to dig deep down and discover what exactly it is that you want to accomplish within your lifetime!
After reading this, my goal for you is to reflect on a few items for 5-10 minutes.
Answers these questions on your own or in the comments section below:)
How much of my stuff is necessary? How much of it is debilitating? How much of it can I eliminate?
How much am I working? Am I working too much? Although work provides income, is it taking away from other aspects of my life? If so, how can I mitigate this issue?
How often do I play, exercise, or try new things?
What are my goals? What is a reasonable action plan I can put together for achieving these goals?
Thanks for reading!
Have Less. Do More. Be More.