Minimalism – what is it all about?

Is minimalism or being a minimalist about the idea of having nothing in your room or living area?

By The Stoic Strength Coach 

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No, minimalism or being a minimalist is a lot more than that as it is about being specific and essential with what you do in life from your purchases to how you spend your time.

“Minimalism is about an intential search for happiness” – @alsomelissa

So why did I choose it? – simple, to make my life simpler and more enjoyable. No other reason really, I was getting bogged down by so much. With things that didn’t really matter, minimalism help me focus on what is important. In particular, it helped in areas such as decluttering the space around me so I had more time to do what I wanted and less time spent cleaning. It has helped me in other ways from timekeeping to encountering fewer decisions during the day.

Now I am not going to tell you that you should bring it into your life as I don’t know what your situation is but all I can say is that it helped me a lot in my journey. 

If you are interested in looking into it be sure to check out The Minimalists, Joshua Becker, and Zen Habits as these are great places to start.

Stay Stoic,

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The one goal

Do you know where you are going?

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Yes, the new year has begun, and you plan to smash all your goals, so you have created a list of the size of your arm – gym, nutrition, 8 hours of sleep, water intake, etc., etc., etc.

Building a long list may work for some people but not all. Therefore, maybe attacking one goal at a time might be best suited for you. Focusing your attention on just one purpose can help you complete that goal to the best of your ability without worrying about multiple others.

Also, it is important to see the end result in mind. If you don’t have this end goal in mind, how do you know if you are on the right track? You may have fallen off track, but how would you know this if you don’t even know where you are going? Don’t get me wrong; it is not all about the result as the process is just as important, if not more but is it worth keeping the end in mind.

Focusing your attention on just one purpose can help you complete that goal to the best of your ability without worrying about multiple others.

I hope this helps you in your journey to creating a new goal for the upcoming year. 

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Switching Off

Have you switched off yet?

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So, you may or may not have noticed I took a few off from posting on here. I just needed some downtime for a little while to recharge. 

But why? 

Well, our brains are not wired to be pushed all the time. We need rest in-between bouts of work. As Brad Stulberg likes to call “The Growth Equation: Stress + Rests = Growth”. 

So be sure to get your rest in when you need it, so put away the phone, turn off the tv, get out and switch off. 

Stay Stoic,

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Instant gratification

Are you addicted to instant gratification?

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With the world at our fingertips through our glaring blue distraction, one cannot help but tumble into instant gratification addiction. Like it or not, this is the present-day realm we live in; everyone craves that quick fix, that hit of dopamine. Unfortunately, the concern with instant gratification or the “quick fix” is that we get pulled into the result, looking for the hit and not focusing on the process.

Unfortunately, the concern with instant gratification or the “quick fix” is that we get pulled into the result, looking for the hit and not focusing on the process.

That secret formula, the trick, the shortcuts, everyone asks for them.

But why?

We have gotten so used to having everything now and we are not willing to embrace the process, ok, yes, it will be difficult and might take longer than expected, but if you accept the process as a learning opportunity, you will gain so much more.

So whatever journey you are on in life, be it professional or personal, be sure to sit back and enjoy the ride as lots can be learned on the way. 

Food for thought. Till next time, Stay Stoic,

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What do you stand for?

What do you stand for in todays world?

Do you stand for Happiness? 

Being able to live in a world with no fear?

Being a hardworking citizen?

For me, I stand for being nice to one another.

I stand for education and constant learning and I believe one should always strive to keep on improving.

Progression, getting better everyday by 1%

Food for thought. Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Virtual Overload

Are you getting your daily dose of non screen time?

Screens are everywhere, and since this pandemic has kicked us off our high chairs, the use of virtual meetings and chats have only increased and become the norm. Are you feeling the drain yet? Indeed you have at one stage or another. Before we go on, we need to bear in mind that the use of screens is not exactly a big thing; it is HOW we use them is the issue.

Here are a few tips I’m trying to implement in my life at the moment

  • Limit screen use 60 mins before bedtime 
  • Select one day in which you try to stay away from all big screens such as tv and laptops (Weekends might be suited for this)
  • Keep your phone in another room at night time and limit its use within 30 minutes of getting up every morning.
  • Turn off all app notifications that are not necessary (which is the majority of them!). Doing so will limit the number of times you hear the ‘bing’, reducing the urge to look at your phone

I hope this helps to reduce your virtual overload!

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

Clear the Mind

Clear the mind – Has your mind got too many tabs open?

Here are a few tips you can implement straight away to declutter, clear the mind and gain some mental clarity.

  • Less consumption (news and social media)
  • More exercise (both cardio and resistance training)
  • Take 5 minutes to sit in silence, zone out and let your mind wander
  • Have a written daily diary to write down all your thoughts (brain dump)

Have you taken time out to clear your mind?

For me personally, I find the following tricks helpful to build the habit of clearing the mind

  • No phone for at least 30 mins before going to bed and within 30 mins of waking up
  • Set the alarm right in the middle of the day to remind me to take my 5 mins zone out
  • Write in my brain dump diary every morning. The key is not to force it and write down what comes into your head. If you notice yourself trying to think of what to say, put the diary down and move on with your day

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Clear the mind – Has your mind got too many tabs open?

What can I say yes to?

Saying no to things in order to say yes to the important things

Saying no to negative thoughts and to things that I believe are not essential. We can say no to zoom calls, watching Netflix, sleeping in so that we can say yes to reading, exercising, and being productive on our business.

Trying to select the no option at times will help you steer away from the negative choices and towards the positive ones.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Are you unfollowing the crowd?

How many social profiles are you following?

200, 500, 1000, 10,000 – How many?

Up to recently, I was following over 1000 Twitter profiles to bring me ‘value’, although I wasn’t seeing 99% of them due to the ‘algorithm‘. Therefore recently, I decluttered my following list, and now it sits around 100. And yes, some might say that’s still too much, but it’s a slow process!

So ask yourself the following question – Are the people you follow on social media providing you value? If not, then why are you following them and letting them have access to you 24/7?

Don’t get me wrong, as social media has done wonders for our society, but again it is how you use it?. So if that particular individual is not providing you value, then just ‘Unfollow’. The idea of social media is to connect us positively and not negatively affect us. If a particular person is having a negative influence on you, you know what to do.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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