The habits and mindsets that you practice on a daily basis are the foundation for how you live your life.
As the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, a new year begins. While the passing of time is always in motion, the start of a new year marks a special time for you to reflect on where you’ve been, and where you want to go.
As I’m personally in state of flux in many areas of my life, I find helpful to re-ground myself by focusing on a few core practices of simple living that have treated me well. So without out further ado…
7 Practices To Implement In Your Life
- Contemplating Wants vs Needs – Once you understand what you truly need, you’ll be able to free yourself from the desire of always wanting more. A core practice of simple living is to continually be contemplating what is a need, and what is just a want.
- Understanding Your Control – You can only change what is in your control. You can’t change what is not in your control. Understanding your life’s challenges in terms of “is this in my control?” is a key part of living a simple life.
- Eating to Nourish – You only get one body, be sure to treat it that way. Choosing to eat well is the best way to increase your chances of a long and healthy life. Eating actual food, controlling portions, and exercising will nourish your body (and mind).
- Budgeting – Your budget is the way to tell your money where it should go. It’s a great way to have full control over your financial life. After implementing a budget for our household, we’ve saved more money than ever, and had less stress over finances.
- Acting Generously – The more you give in life, the more you’ll get from it. Be generous with your time, effort, and money. Pour your life’s energy in to things and people that are important to you. You’ll find that your generous acts will provide a powerful return.
- Being Effective – At work and at home, be effective. It feels good to work hard. You’ll be proud of your accomplishments, as well as create more for the world. If you give a half-ass effort every day, you’ll get a half-ass life.
- Loving Yourself – One of the hardest things to do is practice self love. It’s easy to let the voice in our head talk down to ourselves. But when you practice the act of loving yourself, you’ll find that there is almost nothing that can stop you from living your best life. A powerful question to ask when facing a choice – “If I truly loved myself, what would I do?”