Subtract And Grow

subtract and growSubtract and grow… What can you let go of today? Because really, there is so much stuff that you can let go of in life and in the end not lose a thing.

Subtract And Grow

Improve the quality of your life by dropping everything that is no longer serving you; subtract and grow.

Let’s face it, as a society we hold on to way too much “stuff” and usually for way too long. When was the last time you purged your office, your garage, or your home? Do you really need all of those 20 year old paperback novels collecting dust on your bookshelf?

What about the 200 DVD’s that more than likely you will never watch again? Getting rid of “things” is a massively liberating experience, and as I discovered making my transition to living in Aspen three years ago, very economically liberating as well.

The math works out… the less stuff you have the less square footage and space you require. You can downsize the size of your home and have a cheaper mortgage and or rent thus saving you money every month allowing you to “do things” and have experiences rather than spending your money on housing every month. You also give time yourself back to yourself when you downsize because the smaller the place, the less time you spend on maintenance, upkeep, cleaning, and the like. You can have time to spend the money you saved and do the things that you always wanted to do. It is something to think about…

What about the many extra people who clutter and cause chaos in your life? How often do we hang on to people and relationships, which are often toxic, and the end hold us back and keep us from growing? Subtracting or letting go of toxic people in your life is not cruel, and it doesn’t mean that you don’t care… quite the opposite, it means that you truly care about yourself and it is huge step towards self-love and self-acceptance.

If you let go of your expectations about how things “should be” that causes you to constantly swim upstream, fighting the natural flow of life, wouldn’t subtracting those ideals lead to some growth? Instead of resisting and fighting “what is,” go with the flow and allow yourself to grow. Life will unfold on its terms and on its own schedule, all you can do is go along and make the best of every opportunity as they are presented to you.

How full is that sack of grudges and resentments that you insist on lugging around every day? How much does THAT weigh you down in life? Resentments and grudges are not only a heavy burden to always be toting but they are probably the most corrosive and contaminating things to hold on to, especially for extended periods of time.

Definitely subtract those from your life! Go ahead and set yourself free. When you hold resentments toward another person it binds you to that person or situation by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and break free.

Last of all… what bad habits can you subtract from your life? Habits can either make us or they can break us. They can be helpful to achieve goals or detrimental by moving us further away from our goals. We get in the habit of holding onto things that no longer work for us. We get into the habit of allowing fear to dictate our lives.

My belief is that bad habits hold us back if for no other reason than most of the time we are either ashamed or embarrassed by them and that shame and embarrassment ultimately costs us vital energy to live and harms our overall self-confidence and self-image. Letting go of bad habits in the end allows us to give more energy that is positive not only to ourselves, but to the world around us.

Simplify your life… subtract and grow. Are there things that you could let go of today that are holding you back? If you were to let them all go, what would your life look like in a week, a year, or five years down the road? Do you really want to be hauling all of this “stuff” around for the next decade or more?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – 10 October 2016

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