The Law of Subtraction
We live in a world where bigger is better and more is all the rage. When we are trying to get the life we want, it often involves adding something new: a new routine to lose weight, exercising more, taking a class or starting a new activity. Also, we are always looking for more time–most of us want to spend more time with our friends and family. Lately, we have heard many promises that if you just put out the intent, then it will all happen for you. In our business we have found that this simply is not true for most of our clients. Our clients’ lives are so packed full already that adding just one or two more things in to the mix or the thought of adding anything else is just too overwhelming. Simply willing something you would like to happen is not enough.
We live in a high pressured, busy, success driven, in search of perfection and not excellence type of world. Often you can’t get what you really want because your current lifestyle is so jam-packed with things you don’t want, that there is just no room for anything else.
So before you contemplate adding anything else in your life, practice the law of subtraction. Remember, when you say “yes” to something you have to say “no” to something else. So let’s say “no” to some things, so we have the space to say “yes” to things we want.
You can do this in many ways:
1) If your boss is piling more tasks on an already full plate – ask what could get postponed or handed off to someone else.
2) If you are making impromptu purchases of clothing, furniture and accessories – ask yourself what you are going to let go of that you already own.
3) If you start worrying about a future event – ask yourself what nice things you won’t have time to think about as a result of this worrying. Are you willing to give up those nice thoughts for something that may not happen, alter your mood and cause frustration?
4) You stop spending time with toxic people who don’t make you feel good and find more time to spend with the friends that empower you and make you feel great.
5) You no longer do your children’s laundry or pack their lunches and have more time to do the things you would like to around your home.
6) You spend less time sitting in front of the TV or your computer and you find the time to get moving and do some exercise.
7) You say no to extra volunteer activities and have more time for activities with your partner.
You don't always have to say "yes", even if it is something that you feel you are obligated to do. Saying "no" makes room for the things that matter most in life. Practice the Law of Subtraction and less can actually make you happier and healthier.
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