We all want to live our best life, but “stuff” tends to get in the way. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the demands of our families, jobs, and problems, but we have more control than we realize in how we live it all out. It’s about simplifying our days, in order to get the most out of life. That requires us to de-clutter our schedules by removing activities that don’t really benefit us, and instead only serve as a distraction. Certain events and activities may be a good cause, but you have to determine if it aligns with your values, goals, and overall purpose. Just because an opportunity is good or profitable doesn’t mean that it is right for you. Learning to say “no” to some invitations is a part of that process. It prevents over commitment-itis and it helps to stay focused on what matters most to you.
A little courage is all it takes to place firm boundaries to protect your time and your life. It’s not always easy turning down invitations and what appears to be an opportunity. However, when you are clear on your core values and your purpose, it becomes a lot easier to walk away from solicitations with confidence whenever it’s necessary. The boldness comes from consistently making the tough choices to remove the “stuff” to create more margin in your life for what makes life meaningful for you. The outcome of those choices allows you to live more beautifully by spending your days doing what you love.
Alice is an Educator, Coach, Speaker and Author. She loves teaching women how to create peaceful lives through purpose & productivity.