Life is all about choices. In fact, you can easily argue that life itself is simply a series of choices sequentially being made every second of every day. Right now, you have the choice to read this and learn something that could change your life or you have the choice to walk away and continue living life as you were. You could literally pick up your computer right now and throw it across the room, now that may not be the best choice, but it’s a choice nonetheless. Let’s say you get cut off in rush hour traffic, you can flip the person off, throw out a few expletives and let it bother you for the rest of the night. Or you can continue living your life without any of that added stress and keep driving. It’s truly up to you.
Unless you’re born out of royalty, are heir of a major fortune 500 company, struck gold or won the lottery, then chances are you are going to have to earn your success like the rest of us. But what’s the difference between successful people & unsuccessful people? When the cards are laid flat and all is out for everyone to see, the fact of the matter is, successful people are successful because they know how to consistently go through life always making the right choices.
It’s impossible to make the right choices if your brain’s bogged down by a million different things at once. Like a grain of sand in an hourglass, we must pass the choices through our brains one at a time in order to efficiently and effectively process each one with our best intentions in mind. That’s where essentialism comes into play. Through essentialism, we are able to navigate our way through life by only following through with actions that are essential to who you want to be at the core.
Once you have decided what is essential, you will find that with a bit of practice, knowing what is essential and what isn’t will start to happen instantly and unconsciously. When this happens & when you are given the choice between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’, a successful person's best practice is only to say ‘yes’ to things you would ‘Hell Yeah!’ to. If it’s not an instant & ecstatic ‘Yes!’ than chances are the choice is better off a ‘no’.
The fact is, you can’t have everything. And if you can’t have everything, then you can’t say yes to everything. Therefore, in order to attain the things you truly want, you can only say yes to the things that will help you get there.