Episode #100 Live With Less
What does it look like to live against the grain in a world that is focused on collecting more, more, and more? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and recovering people-pleaser Amy Seiffert discuss how reducing the clutter in our lives and hearts allows us to make room for whatever is most important.
There is something called Big Trash that goes on, and there’s all this orphaned furniture everywhere. And I think, "I really should take that." But then my garage was packed with all these unfinished projects.Amy Seiffert
- Many of us walk through life feeling smothered, cluttered, and burdened.
- When we put our time and energy into deciding what to wear, we have less time and energy to do purposeful work and engage in meaningful relationships.
- Living with less requires us to say “No” on a very regular basis.
- The more that we attempt to carry, the more that we are weighed down on our journey.
- If our arms are holding on to everybody else’s opinions, we are not free to do the work set before us.
- Living with less makes our items easier to find and our homes easier to clean.
- Simplifying our spaces and our minds helps us to feel less overwhelmed and distracted.
- When we reduce our attachment to things with low value, we free ourselves to become more attached to whatever has the highest value.
- When we leave our schedules open, we create more margin for spontaneity.
- We are long overdue to get rid of all the clothes that we never wear.
- Simplify the physical environment of your home, office, and car.
- Whenever you are offered something that is free, consider whether you will actually use it, and politely say, “No thank you.”
- Consider, “What is most important to me in this season?” and remove any commitments from your schedule that do not align with these priorities.
- Make a habit of the phrase, “That sounds like a great opportunity, but there is something else I want to prioritize today.”
- Guard your family time by learning to confidently forgo that one additional extracurricular activity.
In This Episode
Make Less Money
What would it look like if every time we were offered a job, we posed the question, “Are you willing to pay me less?” This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Justin Brown consider the surprising benefits of a lower income.
Make Your Bed
Taking care of the little things in life creates order and rhythm that empowers us to take care of the big things. This week Dr. Michael Brown has an insightful back and forth with his son, Logan Brown, about the profound impact of establishing simple, healthy routines.
Practice Saying No
Did you know that the world’s best poker players fold more than 80% of their hands? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania discuss an important practice of successful leaders: choosing to decline most opportunities so that they are free to invest in the truly great ones.