Minimalism has been a popular lifestyle for smart and successful people throughout the history of mankind. Take Gandhi for an example. He practiced what he preached by embracing minimalism in all aspects of his life and left behind a huge legacy on how to live a successful life being a minimalist.
“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” -Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi was the ultimate minimalist who truly understood that the peripheral possessions only hindered on achieving the things that are more beneficial in life. He proved to everyone that how living a minimalist lifestyle can bring out the true meaning of life itself.
Recently, I wrote an article on how I am embracing a minimalist lifestyle and the major benefits of consciously understanding this way of life. This topic sparked some awesome conversation in my article as well as with my peers and offline friends.
As I was discussing minimalism with a friend of mine, he asked me why I would want to live poor when I have enough resources to get the things that I want. He thought I was out of my mind. He thought the whole idea of being a minimalist is freaking ridiculous.
I did my best to explain to him that embracing minimalist thinking doesn’t make anyone poor but makes them rich. It helps us achieve our goals more efficiently. Consciously living this lifestyle really exposes the fact that we don’t have to own a lot of peripheral commodities in order to live a happy life.
Well, I don’t know if he really cared about understanding the concept and its benefits, but my big take away from that conversation was that embracing minimalism is all about having a deeper understanding of why one should embrace this lifestyle and the sacrifice we need to make to really get the bigger picture.
We can all embrace minimalism to some extent regardless of our living conditions, wealth and geographical location. You don’t have to be well off or be poor to embrace this lifestyle with true ethics.
Here, I want to share with you the 5 practical ways to implement and start embracing a minimalist lifestyle today. Trust me; these are simple but highly effective ways to gain maximum benefits from minimalism.
1. Get rid of things that have no benefits or are useless:
First thing is first. Embracing a minimalist lifestyle means getting rid of all the junk that is useless to you. All the things that is creating a clutter in your house, apartment or wherever you reside, toss them out. The old clothes, old kitchen utensils, old broken down TV, Radio, Stereo, CD player and other things that you hardly even look at let alone use; give them away. Hold a garage sale if you have to. (By the way, that is exactly what I am doing this coming weekend
2. Be more conscious while you are shopping:
I wouldn’t really call myself a packrat but you know there has been plenty of times when I bought a nice pair of jeans or T-shirts or some shoes and didn’t wear them at all, or maybe just wore them a couple of times. What a waste of money!
A lot of people have compulsive shopping behavior. Even when buying groceries, how many times have you bought food and stuffed it in your icebox, freezer or in a cupboard and forgot about it? After couple of months, you look in your cupboard only to find out that the food is either bad or expired…Hell with that!!! That is simply wasting dinero. A good way to deal with this problem is to ask yourself – Do I really need all these stuff right now? Be unselfish and look at a bigger picture. If you have the money you can always go and buy some more of what you need; Right? But being obsessive about hoarding things that you most probably never use can really turn into a bad habit…Disposophobia…as some people call it.
3. Be flexible and learn to adapt to new situations:
If you get too attached to one way of doing things, you might overlook a new method or circumstances that can help you live a minimalist lifestyle. If you learn to be flexible and figure out how you can get by with a little of something or maybe even completely without it, your path to minimalism is going to be a lot easier.
Don’t cling on to your old lifestyle or possessions if you think it is pulling you down. By god, it is only going to pull you down even more.
4. Know your limits and embrace minimalist lifestyle gradually:
When, I say embrace minimalist lifestyle, I don’t mean just throw away all your possessions or just give everything away. Do it gradually and consciously. This way you will build your conscience slowly but surely over time.
As you gradually begin to see the results of this lifestyle, you will tend to see its importance even more and be more motivated. This way you are going to be more comfortable with the thoughts of getting rid of scraps that have no benefits for you.
5. Simplify everything and get ready to make sacrifices:
We as humans, tend to make a lot of things hard for no reasons. Why make things hard? Simplify it! This can really help cut down the distractions and gain maximum benefits. Making everything simple means your output is going to be more efficient and the final results end up being valuable.
Embracing a minimalist lifestyle means making sacrifices, especially all the things that are giving you the false belief of accomplishment or pseudo satisfaction.
Are there any other practical ways of minimalism you implement in your daily life to cut down distractions and get things done?
Here’s to your successful life!
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