‘Yes’ can get you far and out of tight spots, but can also become the villain in your life if saying yes to too many things or too many people takes you away from what you love. 

As the great Bruce Lee once said,

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

Is digging a bigger hole, adding more projects and todos, having more jobs, hobbies, houses, shoes or money going to make you happy instead of miserable?

It might help to a degree, but nothing is a substitute (long term) for your happiness and wellbeing. Simplicity is the hardest part of creativity. The more you pare down, the hard it is to remove.

  • Overwhelmed is overcommitment
  • Anxiety is mental stress about future commitments (mental obligations)
  • Pain is your body asking you to stop
  • Worry is stressing about the un essentials 90% of the time while ignoring the essentials 100% of the time.

Whatever you are feeling, whatever you are going through, break it down to the essentials:

What can you decrease in order to increase what you find essential?

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,
— Josh Waggoner

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