Enough with the Excess

Learning to scale back and find contentment with less

Words by Andrew Rocha

Many of life’s persistent problems are self-inflicted due to excessive activities.

We eat too much and become overweight.
We spend too much and go into debt.
We commit too much and get overwhelmed.

Scaling back can be difficult and often comes with pain.

If we pile food on our plate, we overeat or feel guilty of wasting food.
If we make impulse purchases, we return items or pay off the debt.
If we overcommit, we say no to those involved or stay up late to get it all done.

This, however, doesn’t mean we must always say no to food, purchases, or commitments. Minimalism is about finding what’s right for you, not deprivation. If you start off with less, you can always add more.

Start with less food on the plate, then go back for seconds if you’re still hungry.
Put off purchases until you’re confident in your decision.
Start with fewer commitments and say yes to those that truly add value as your schedule permits.

There is nothing wrong with cutting back to get less, but it’s much easier to start with less and add more.

Better yet, you may find out that less is just enough after all.

Andrew Rocha

Andrew runs the Successful Steps Blog, where he writes about achieving success one step at a time. When he isn’t writing, he can often be found walking, reading, or being in nature.


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