We really appreciate what we have, when we go without it, lose it, or get close to losing it. We can also build mental strength, awareness and confidence. Each time we don’t “have” something that we are used to having, our eyes are opened and realizations occur.
Have you ever challenged yourself to go a period of time without something that you love or do regularly? I strongly believe that the practice of removing things from your life (even for a little while) is one of the best ways to improve your mindset.
I’ve written about what thoughts and beliefs you can give up to be more optimistic and determined.
I’ve written about what words you can give up to improve your mindset.
If you’ve done the Whole30 Challenge, or another similar eating challenge, you know how impactful this can be. If you’ve given up sugar, coffee, tv, social media, hot showers, or anything else, then you know how much you appreciate it when you DO get to do or have that thing you’ve gone without. Or, you find that you don’t even miss it and are actually better off without it.
2 things may happen after you eliminate something for a period of time
1. Your appreciate grows for what you do have and what you can do. It may help you be more compassionate to others who don’t have choices, and help you realize just how blessed and lucky you are. This is always a good thing. You find that you’re even more grateful when you do choose to have that experience again.
2. You realize you don’t really “need” it…well that at least you aren’t tied to it or dependent on it. You feel fine and can actually flourish without it. You’re likely to find that you feel better and healthier without it….and that’s when the challenge really worked.
- Is there anything you feel “dependent on” that you could try to go without?
- Are there any habits that you could challenge yourself to stop for 1-4 weeks?
- What would be REALLY hard for you to give up? Could you try to remove that for even a week?
Comment below with what you want to experiment with.