It’s tempting to sell yourself short when you embark on the journey to minimalism. When you begin living a minimalist lifestyle, you may not feel like a member of the club. Minimalism feels right for you…
…If only you didn’t have kids.
…But you have a big house in the suburbs.
…But you could never fit all your possessions into a backpack.
…Except your husband hates the idea of living in a tiny house.
…So you’re an aspiring minimalist.
I could on an on with examples, because all of these thoughts went through my head, and still do from time to time. I’ve written several blog posts about aspirations and feelings of insufficiency whenever I start down a new path.
It frustrates me, because I don’t like to wait once I decide to be something. It’s hard to be patient with the process, but mastery takes time.
So, what are some ways to feel empowered while you wait for the universe to line up with your desires? I’m telling you now that you can do more than tip your toe into minimalist waters. You can full-on cannonball into the deep end of the pool while grinning from ear to ear.
How can you be ‘All In’ with minimalism, when the rest of your environment or family is not? There is one place you are in complete control of right now, today: your mind.
The truth is, minimalism is not a club, a tiny house, a decluttered room, or a backpacking trip across Southeast Asia. Minimalism is not everyone agreeing with you all the time.
Minimalism is a mindset, a decision filter, a framework within your life that guides your choices. Whatever choices you made in the past are not as relevant as the choices you make right now. Today you are in control of your mindset, and moving forward, you have the authority to:
Be a minimalist. Own the title. You are no longer aspiring, you are taking action.
Stop the inflow. Decide that unnecessary purchases will cease. Whatever clutter you are dealing with will not grow moving forward.
Experiment. Live with less now. Wear a tiny number of clothes, eat from a simple list of foods, use only a few rooms of your house. Pick something meaningful to you and try it. You don’t have to announce this, or ask permission to get started. Just do it and no one else needs to know.
Make mistakes. Expect slip-ups and embrace that tiny failures are windows into areas of need. Learn about yourself and your habits, and find better ways that work for you.
You can be ‘All In’ without anything external changing. ‘All In’ is an inside job, and you are the boss.