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Ep. 94 – Essentialism The Art of Achieving More by Doing Less w/ Greg McKeown

If you ever find yourself asking the questions, “What really matters in life?”, “What is our purpose?”, or “What is truly essential?”, then you are not alone. The truth is, we all ask ourselves these types of questions at some point in our lives. We can get so caught up in the noise of life that we forget how to truly live. That’s why our guest this week shares incredible insight into living an essential life and how we can find meaning to these deep questions. 

This week, I am speaking with Greg Mckeown, public speaker and author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. We discuss what it means to truly live an essential life by silencing the noise and tuning into our greater callings. Greg shares with us different strategies we can implement in order to make effective decisions for ourselves and those around us. We also dive into the importance of prioritizing your time, setting healthy boundaries, and recognizing areas for improvement. 

 Topics Discussed:

  • Why we should always be teachable and ready 
  • Implementing strategy for effective decision making 
  • The importance of healthy boundaries & accountability
  • Learning to be present with yourself & those around you
  • The benefits of prioritizing your time & protecting your assets
  • Recognizing essentialism as a collective sport 
  • Changing the way we live our lives by one moment at a time 

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Mark Crandall

  • The further I get, the more opportunities are present.” 
  • “If I get off my practice and I start to get out of alignment with my practices, I find my life becomes more cluttered.”

Greg McKeown

  • If you don’t prioritize your life, somebody else will.”
  • “Many people feel stretched too thin at work and at home. They feel busy but not productive. They feel like their day is being hijacked by other people’s agenda for them.”
  • “Books, of course, are not entirely dead things, there is a life to them. But they don’t start breathing and living unless the reader comes and gives the other half of the life so to speak. When the student is ready, the teacher arrives. And it is on us to be in a moment to be teachable and ready.”
  • “Essentialism found you because you were ready, because you were willing to look at your life in that moment and say alright this isn’t what I meant to choose. I ended up choosing a strategy that I didn’t mean to choose.”
  • “The most important criteria is what my concious dictates what I should do. Ask yourself, “is this right?” “Is this the right thing to do?” Our consciousness is a spiritual thing.”
  • “It’s not about saying no to all the things, it’s about saying yes to all the right things.”
  • “I need to have an energized reminder, “pull me back to what’s essential” reminder every week.”
  • “Pause, close your eyes, take a deep breath, get into this moment and ask “what’s important now?”, “What is essential now?”, “Is this essential?” And what happens next matters the most. Just do that next thing.”
  • “Each of us has a unique, essential path to live and we always have enough time to complete that mission and to do what is essential.”

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