I recently watched an amazing conversation between Marie Forleo and Matthew McConaughey. (It’s so good. Watch it here.)
Marie shared one of her favorite phrases, “simply to amplify.”
Now, where have I been all my life that I haven’t heard one of my favorite concepts said with such rhyme?
I’ve also heard and love the phrase “go slow to go fast.”
I am all for choosing focus, constraining one’s attention to a few priorities.
How hard is it to constrain yourself when you’re an interesting person who is interested in people, places and things?
Super duper hard!
And yet, a well-lived life is as much about editing and deciding as making “good” decisions in the first place.
(Whatever a “good” decision is!)
Our life is a series of experiments.
We pursue interests and status and growth and whatever else floats our boat.
We make decisions and learn from our individual experience of actually living into those decisions.
Over time, our preferences and likes and wishes and desires start to stack up in our hearts, minds, expenses, and calendars. It becomes psychic clutter.
How can you embody the spirit of “simply to amplify”?
The mission: Only keep what is worth your non-refundable life energy.
How will you know what those things are?
- You feel a positive emotional connection to continuing them.
- You feel a negative emotional connection to the consequence of letting them go.
- Be real with yourself! Discerning! Don’t let your scaredy cat brain keep you where you should no longer be!
Q2: How often should you simplify?
- Keep it simple and ask yourself what works for you.
- Perhaps you adjust as you feel a shift in your commitment.
- Maybe you plan a quarterly priorities review.
How can you make “simply to amplify” as simple to implement as possible for you?
Live with commitment and heart.
Enjoy the ride.
Alright, alright, alright…
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