When I tell someone minimalist fashion Project 333 will change their life, and they say, “I could never dress with only 33 items” who is right?
When I tell someone they will learn so much about which foods are best for their body if they challenge themselves to The Whole 30, and they say, “I can’t live without sugar in my coffee” which statement is true?
I believe what I’m saying, and they believe what they are saying, but neither one of us has enough information to claim the absolute truth.
How will you know the truth if you believe everything you think?
Things changed dramatically when I stopped believing everything I thought. Instead of listening to the fear inside that told me I couldn’t do it and encouraged me to stay safe and comfortable, I chose to experiment and learn what was really true, and what was best for me.
- I lived with only 100 items for a few months.
- I dress with 33 items or less every three months.
- I traveled for a month with only a carry on bag.
- I abstained from sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol, and processed food for 30 days and I’m doing it again this month.
The value of these personal experiments and challenges is I’ve had an opportunity to experience the truth instead of assuming it.
Whenever I think … “I could never” or “that’s crazy” I know I need more information, and that I’ve identified an area to grow and change. I always challenge my nevers.
Whenever you say “never”, pay attention to your never statement.
Never can discount possibility, change, growth and ultimate happiness. Never robs us of better health, work, love and happiness. Never keeps us comfortable and complacent.
What’s Your Never?
- I could never be debt free.
- I could never quit my job.
- I will never give up meat/sugar/bread/insert favorite food.
- I could never start my own business.
- I will never leave this town.
- I could never give up ___________________.
- I will never try ______________________.
- I will never change ________________ .
We deserve to challenge our nevers. When we make decisions based on facts instead of fear, we can change anything we want.
Make up your own challenge/experiment or try one of these
- Only pack for 1/2 the days you are traveling.
- Post only positive comments and ideas on social media for a month.
- Stop complaining for 21 days.
- Give up Facebook for 90 days.
- Give away one thing a day for a whole year.
- Write 100 thank you notes.
- Only check email once a day, or once a week.
If you want to challenge your nevers around food, join me on January 17th for a round of The Whole 30. We can encourage each other on Instagram.
If you want to challenge your nevers around stuff and learn how to identify what “enough” means to you, try Project 333. Everything you need to know to get started is right here.
When we challenge our nevers and engage in personal challenges and experiments, we discover what we want most, learn how we can contribute better, and live magnificent lives.