There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Good morning, friends! I hope your day has begun with gusto. Mine began pretty early today; it’s a first day of school for the kids. Let’s have that excitement, too!
My encouraging words frequently touch on the issue of improvement and more often than not the idea is to do something or add something better. I stand by all those thoughts. Yet as with all thought, this weekend I was enlightened to a new perspective. I was reminded of the power of addition by subtraction.
I suppose it’s natural to think that we have to “do” something to improve. We assess the moment, our starting place, consider our goal, and naturally think, “What must I do to get there?” Why we naturally think “do” is to add I do not know, but I sure do know we add or avoid more often than not. How might it help you to consider “do” as to reduce, eliminate, and/or stop? There’s a novel idea!
As you consider your starting point today and look to your goals, I’ll bet you feel stretched to the maximum. I’m certain you have filled your life to the brim with everything, just like all of us. What if improving yourself in any way could best be achieved by such a powerful focus on your goal that elimination of non-essentials is the best way to go? Eliminating is hard, but achieving is great. Climb the mountain without the unnecessary luggage on your back. Run the race without the unnecessary stuff shackled to your legs. Think about your goals today and the unnecessary things in your life that might be holding you back and consider a bit of addition by subtraction. It may be the new math that sets you free! Give it a try and have a great week!