Less + More
I loved a quote from a colleague today — “For the first time, in as long as I can remember (possibly ever), I rang in the new year without a giant wish for change in some aspect of my life. Instead, I found myself just thankful; thankful for a husband I adore, a job where I feel appreciated and inspired, and good health. I wish the same and more for each of you.”
HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
The pressure to resolve to start doing something or stop doing something during these first few weeks of January is immense. It’s like gratitude is reserved for December, and change is reserved for January.
I don’t buy into this. I see the notion of resolution — of reflecting and tweaking and reflecting and tweaking — as an ongoing effort, not a one-time event. It’s a constant process of thinking about what we want to invite into our lives and what we want to minimize.
Beyond crafting your wellfesto, one of the simplest tools to do this — now or anytime during the year — is to put together a straightforward LESS + MORE LIST. This can be done in five minutes; in my experience, the most important things filter to the forefront of our minds within a minute or two. Here’s how to make your list:
- Grab a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle
- On the left, list out the things you’d like to do less of in your life
- On the right, list out the things you’d like to do more of
- Put the date somewhere on your list
- Tack your list up someplace where you can see it every single day
- Live your list
- Add + change your list as you need to
The idea behind this is to minimize the things that make you feel crummy and maximize the things that make you feel great. The items don’t need to be absolutes. For example, I have “less sugar” on my list. This doesn’t mean I’ll never ever eat sugar again, but it does mean I’ll be thoughtful every single day about how much of it I put into my body. This list is about living life on purpose – as much of the time as possible.
What would you like to do more or less of during the year ahead?
Green bean photo by tony.bailey, via Flickr Creative Commons.