Thriving on Less – Tools for a Frugal Life

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” – Confucius

With any undertaking, it’s important to have the right tools. The same is true when you simplify, scale back, live more frugally and sustainably, and make room in your life for things you love.

We’ve already discussed several key tools. The Short List:

  1. Determining your essentials and eliminating the rest.
  2. A “thriving” mindset where you focus on what you love, not what you don’t have.
  3. An “enough” mindset, where you realize you already have enough, and stop wanting more.
  4. A plan to reduce expenses, both small and large.
  5. Sound financial habits.
  6. Debt-elimination strategies.

How Do You Prevent Your Goals From Becoming Reality?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Imagine trying to climb up a mountain laden with two heavy suitcases, all your belongings wrapped around your neck and a bucket of water perched precariously on your head.  You wouldn’t get very far, would you!  That’s just what it’s like trying to achieve your goals and ambitions weighed down with life clutter.

Whether it’s emotional, mental or physical, life clutter gets in the way of our true potential, preventing the clarity required to recognize opportunity as it arises.  It could be emotional baggage from a previous business venture that went wrong and left you feeling like a failure or a comment from childhood when a teacher told you you’d never achieve anything.  Or it could be mental clutter, the daily flood of thoughts about your marriage, job or endless lists of tasks you need to achieve that go round and around in your head.  Or physical clutter could be blocking your potential, from a desk that’s full of unfilled papers or three years of back taxes that still haven’t been filed or sent off.