“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”
~ Steve Maraboli
We all wish we had an “Easy” button to push when we want to make changes in our lives, press the button and change happens magically.
When I finished writing the “5 Steps To Put More “Zen” Into Your Life” for the Zen Chick community members (not a member yet? Sign up and receive it for free) it all sounded so easy. But I knew regardless of how simple it all sounded it would take real work to make it happen.
Once we commit to the task of change and the work it involves, we are then faced with our nemesis, resistance.
Resistance steps in, and reminds us that we can’t change and why would we want to. Things are good just the way they are and haven’t we heard this same old tired pitch before. It didn’t work for us then so why should it now.
And the big one…….it’s just too simple to really work.
Now simple has become very hard to do.
The minute you hear the battle cry of resistance, which is “I have heard this all before“ this is your turning point. This is where you need to tune in instead of tuning out because there is some new bit of information in this simple change that will help you along your path. Once you tune in, resistance will weaken and you have the choice to move forward.
Or go back to the “same ole same ole” and wonder why your life still sucks.
Everything that is worth anything will require some work especially if it’s moving you toward your dream, your passion or even the thing that makes you dance in your living room with sheer joy.
Simple changes can provide the biggest rewards in your life if you start slowly, one baby step at a time, not expecting an overnight miracle. (or that instant gratification thing)
For example, let’s say one of the changes you want to make is organizing and uncluttering your life starting with your house. You can look at the big picture, the whole house and it’s just too overwhelming. So you start with one drawer, one closet or one counter surface and you move slowly one step at a time.
Every day you make progress, step by step, slow and steady. Then when you have completed let’s say one room, you have freed up more time and space in your life and your house for what you really want to do.
Was it work? Yes.
Was the change concept simple? Yes.
Was the payoff (more time for you) worth the effort? YES!
You deserve to live a life you truly love filled with time for the things that truly mean something to you. So take that simple first step, welcome change into your life and do the work it takes. And kick resistance out the door! You will be so glad you did.
I would love to hear your comments on some of the simple changes you have made in your life and your method for making a smooth transition.
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Brenda Wieland says
OMG. trying to simplify is the hardest thing I have done! Resistance is fertile. LOL. but I keep plugging away, setting my goals, and redefining things. I keep the big picture in mind as I make the little changes. It’s all good.
Gay Barefield says
Oh resistance, it is a killer and like I said some of those simple things require the hardest work! So glad you have not let resistance beat you down and yes keep setting those goals and keep the big picture in mind. Go girl go!
Holly Huskins says
Okay so now I remember why I have to take a break from your blog. This is a lot of emotional work and mental effort. I do feelextrely overwhelmed when thinking about what I wanna do with the rest of my life, what my passion is, what makes me happy, etc. but I never thought about it, in terms, of housecleaning…..very interesting and insightful.
Gay Barefield says
Hey Sweetie, keep reading and you will find my post which was a confession of me being overwhelmed. It happens to all of us, all of the time, every day. No one says that you have to figure it out all at once, just like the housecleaning thing, one step at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. Keep an open mind to all possibilities and I promise you will find your path.