Five Negative Beliefs Almost Everyone Has About Simple Living (And How To Get Rid Of Them)

In this edition of the Midway Simplicity Tips of The Week, you’re going to discover how to get rid of five negative beliefs about love, frugality, simplicity, time and visualization.

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I decided to add my insights to the weekly tips in order to trigger an enriched conversation around them. I hope you like this new format of the Midway Simplicity Tips of The Week and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments.

And now, with the five negative beliefs about simple living you need to get rid of…

1. Love Is Expensive

Love is not about showing off in the Valentine’s day. Buying an expensive gift is not THE sign of love.

I like this quote by Lorilee Lippincott of Loving Simple Living“I love Love!  I love Valentines, but we celebrate it pretty quietly at home. The rest of the year has much better prices on flowers and chocolate!”

Love is ‘attention’ … and this is the most valuable gift you can offer.

2. Frugality Is Poor

The definition of poverty is having little or no means of support. If you’re unsure that your needs will be met, then you’re classified as poor. On the other side, frugality is consciously keeping what you need, use or enjoy, and eliminating the rest. That’s a big difference.

Poverty is limiting, but frugality is freeing.

3. Simplicity Is Laziness

There is a mental image inside some people’s minds that simplicity leads to being quiet, slow and peaceful. They think that you minimize your needs, declutter your space and simplify your life, so that you don’t have to work hard or achieve more.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

When you simplify your life, you gain more clarity about what you want to do with your life.

And clarity helps you focus on the most important things in your life.

And focus helps you achieve great things and live a life you can be proud of.

Simplicity allows your heart to speak and when it speaks you live a life of PASSION AND AWESOMENESS.

4. Time Is Scarce

If you feel stressed because you’ve too many things to do and not enough time to finish them all, then most probably this is because you’re neglecting something more important in your life.

There is not enough time to do everything in the world. But there is definitely enough time to do what is IMPORTANT.

You might be stretching yourself too thin. Or you might be wasting your time on too many activities that don’t matter to you. At the end, you’re left with minimal or no time to pursue what makes you truly happy.

If this is your case, simplify your time and invert your priorities, and you’ll instantly feel refreshed.

5. Visualization Is Useless

I’ve read a very interesting article by Colleen Madsen of 365 Less Things about visualizing your dream home.

She claimed that when you imagine how you want your dream home to look like and use that image to guide you when decluttering your space, you might be surprised how far you will go.

I believe in the power of visualization, but I’ve not tried it before when it comes to simplifying or decluttering my home.

Have you experienced visualization before? Did it help you declutter your home?


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2 Responses to Five Negative Beliefs Almost Everyone Has About Simple Living (And How To Get Rid Of Them)

  1. Dan Garner February 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    “When you simplify your life, you gain more clarity about what you want to do with your life.”

    That is so true. It’s a lesson I’ve had to learn several times. When we get too busy, we lose focus and miss the important things.

    Dan @ ZenPresence – Ideas for meaningful living.

    • Mohamed Tohami February 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      The voice of your heart is quiet. If your life is busy, noisy and cluttered, you can’t listen to it. Once you slow down and simplify, you can listen and when you listen you can achieve miracles.

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