In his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown addresses a single question we should ask ourselves continually. The question is this:
“If I did not own this item/career/opportunity, how much would I pay to obtain it?”
When cleaning out our closets, garages, homes, offices and lives, we often ask something like, “How much do I value this item/opportunity/person,” when we really should be asking the former question.
He continues to say:
“If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the ‘undisciplined pursuit of more,’ then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just haphazardly saying no, but purposefully, deliberately, and strategically eliminating the nonessentials. Not just once a year as part of a planning meeting, but constantly reducing, focusing and simplifying. Not just getting rid of the obvious time wasters, but being willing to cut out really terrific opportunities as well. Few appear to have the courage to live this principle, which may be why it differentiates successful people and organizations from the very successful ones.”
Eliminating non-essentials can break us free of the clutter/anxiety/depression cycle. And asking ourselves how much we would pay to obtain what we already own is a big help in knowing what is nonessential in our lives.
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