This How To Minimalism series is all about being mindful and creating a life we love, through minimalism.
Today’s topic is about uncovering, acknowledging and honouring our dreams and life goals. In the latest post in this series, we took a look at how we typically spend our time. Now it’s time to cut the ugly from our schedule and make time for what we love!
If you’re just hopping onto this series, check out what you missed below:
- 1. How to Have Less and Be Happier.
- 2. Four Ways to Create Intentional Relationships.
- 3. Mindful Time Management: Spend Your Time Intentionally.
- 4. How to Direct Your Energy Towards Your Passions. (That’s this one!)
If you haven’t grabbed it yet – get your free copy of Live Simply, Live Fully: A Minimalism Guidebook, the workbook I created to go along with this series. Don’t miss out on the worksheets and checklists that will help you jump-start your minimalism journey!
Now, on to the topic at hand – directing our energy towards our passions. It’s never too late to be who we want to be – to learn a new skill or to make a big change in our lives. But we’ve all got to start somewhere and we’ve got to put in the effort! Thinking like a minimalist helps us cut out the time-wasting and make room for our passions.
So let’s invite our dreams to the conversation. Let’s give them the energy they deserve and allow them to take up a lot more space in our lives.
Change your habits.
What time-wasting habits are plaguing your life? Are you spending an hour getting your hair and makeup ready for work in the morning? Are you watching 2 hours of TV everyday when you come home from work? Check in on your routines and ask yourself whether you like them this way. Do your habits reflect your goals?
Imagine if you could spend half an hour getting ready for work instead of 1 hour – you will instantly free up 30 minutes a day to work on something you care about. Or imagine you cut your tv-watching time down from 2 hours to 1, you’ll easily gain an extra hour a day of “you time”.
Simplify your habits by honing them down so that they relate to your goals.
Need help identifying what your goals are? I created a worksheet all about identifying your passions – check that out in my guidebook here.
Surround yourself with people that inspire you.
We talked about creating relationships that are positive and mutually fulfilling. One way to do this is by seeking out people who have similar goals and passions as you do. It’s easy to feel like you’re in a rut when everyone around you seems to be on a different page. Reclaim your spark by connecting with others who are doing the things you want to be doing (hobbies, work, lifestyle choices etc.). Learn from them!
Look for a mentor whose way of life motivates you and who can give you pointers along your personal journey. You can find these people through local groups or online communities that relate to your interests.
Stay inspired and energized by learning on a daily basis. Listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos and read books and web articles about the things you’re passionate about. Visit the library, watch documentaries and immerse yourself in the subjects you love. By staying informed you will be reminded of why you are passionate about your hobbies in the first place.
At first glance, minimalists can appear quite selfish. They are hyper-focused on their inner worlds, trying to figure out the best way to add happiness to their lives. Always fine-tuning their environments so that they match their interests and values. But is this really selfish at all?
If we are unhappy, we are not in a position to add value to the lives of those around us. Happiness, on the other hand, is infectious and inspiring. By working on ourselves, we can truly be present for others. So know that sometimes you need to put your well-being first.
Don’t leave your dreams on the sidelines, invite them to play the game.
Know that you can do it.
Whatever your goal may be, don’t shy away from it. If it’s important to you, you will get there. Each little step in your journey is as vital as the last one. So have the confidence to work on your passions even if you feel you are not excelling at them. Need a kick in the butt to get started? Check out my 3 Simple Guidelines For Reaching Your Goals.
And that concludes the How To Minimalism series. I hope that these posts and the Live Simply, Live Fully Minimalism Guidebook helped you get moving on your minimalism journey! Feel free to let me know in the comments about your experiences – I would love to hear from you.
Remember that it’s never too late to start living your life.