Minimalism - it’s a term you’ve probably heard a lot lately. But what does it actually mean and what exactly is the movement about? Colin Wright, an author and international speaker, explains it best:
“It’s important to understand that the reduction of physical possessions is often a result of Minimalism, not Minimalism itself. Just giving away a bunch of things doesn’t make you a Minimalist, any more than buying a statue of Buddha makes you a Buddhist or doing yoga makes you healthy. It’s one aspect of the whole, for sure, but you needn’t partake if that’s not where your priorities happen to be. There are always other options.
And that’s what’s important to establish here: priorities.
What Minimalism is really all about is reassessment of your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff — the possessions and ideas and relationships and activities — that don’t bring value to your life.”
Without a doubt, there’s a natural confidence that occurs when everything around you, everything you own, has a purpose. When you’re living and making decisions out of intention rather than impulse or habit. By removing the unnecessary, you are giving yourself the space, freedom, and resources to focus on creating and living the life you want.
Back to Basics
Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, all had one thing in common - they kept their wardrobes absolutely minimal, with just a few quality, core pieces they could count on. Why? Efficiency. Frivolous decisions like what to wear each day often takes up more time, money and stress than it should.
Here’s an analogy - going to a restaurant with a 10 page menu. It’s overwhelming, confusing, and creates an unnecessarily over complicated situation. After all, “a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind.”
When our lives are filled with too many options - particularly options we wouldn’t even consider if they weren’t just sitting there - we subject ourselves to stress, overthinking, and distraction from things that really matter. And ain’t nobody got time for that.