Always buying more,

never having enough.

Always gathering more stuff,

never satisfied.

But does this really make us happy? Content even?

No, not at all.

Will Rogers said:

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned,

To buy things they don’t want,

To impress people they don’t even like.”

Waw, that makes you halt for a minute, doesn’t it?

Do you have the courage to look deep into your heart,

to be completely honest with yourself?

Don’t we all buy stuff because:

it looks good to have it,

other people have it,

we think we need it

marketeers say: “we will be so much happier with that specific item in our lives”; “our life will be so much easier when having that item at our disposal.”

And at the end of the day, we realize that:

Our house is fuller

Our wallet is emptier

We feel overwhelmed by stuff

We have less energy and we don’t know why

Our heart is not more fulfilled

Our ego is not quieter

In fact, it is already saying we need the next new thing.

How can we stop this inflow of stuff that does not even make us happier?

Start with:

Becoming quiet,

taking your time to be very honest with yourself

and making an inventory of:

What you have right now

What you actually need right now (and I mean really need)

How your present life looks like.

Then prepare to get rid of everything:

you don’t need,

that is broken or is not complete anymore

of which you have doubles or triples of,

that does not fit into your present life anymore.

Make room, clear the clutter, clear the excess.

Know why YOU want certain things.

Make sure it is contributing to your well-being and not to your ego.

Stop buying to impress people!

It’s not only costing you money and energy,

It never works anyway!

When is enough, enough?

When is more, more enough?

When does more stuff make you impressive enough?

Important enough?

Never!!!!!!

Focus on being more

Friendly,

Compassionate,

Grateful,

Conscious,

Silent,

Helping.That is:

How you will become more beautiful,

How people will like you more,

How people will be impressed by you,

why people will admire and appreciate you.

Becoming the above is the only way to make your life, a life worth living.

Stop focusing on stuff, and start focusing on being kind.

That is what I wish for you all this week!

Clear a slot in your agenda to sit down and to make an inventory of your ‘material life’.

Take your time,

be thorough,

be honest (don’t let your ego do the talking!!).

you need far less than you ever could have imagined!

Once you’ve cleared your ‘clutter’, your excess,

once you have a very clear vision of what makes you happy and what not,

Once you start living with only the things YOU like and need,

you will be overwhelmed (in a good way!) by the huge wave of

feeling free,

feeling relaxed,

feeling light,

feeling unchained,

that will come crushing over you!

So, for now:

Block your agenda,

Take pen and paper

And start inventorying!

Next week, we will deal with your list (or half your novel…)

Good luck and lots of courage!!

Katrien

www.lifecoachwomen.be