When most people think about removing things from their lives to focus on what’s important, it’s easy to point to the negative influences.
The bad diets, the negative friends, the habits that take you away from where you want to be.
What no one talks about, however, are all the good things you have to give up to get what the great thing.
Sometimes you have to give up good jobs to get great jobs. Good relationships to get great relationships. Good ideas to build great ideas.
I’ve seen this in my own life over the last few months.
There are too many good ideas, possibly good relationships, good work projects, but I’ve realized that if I want great, I have to give up the good.
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. – Theodore Roosevelt
This applies also to the physical things I own as well. I own a lot of things that are okay, actually, I own too many things that are just okay, but I want to own things that bring me joy.
I read too many good books when I want to read great books.
(Also, feel free to substitute “great” for whatever word you prefer: tremendous, abundant, titanic, stupendous, phenomenal, perfect. Whatever works for you.)
The thing is, sometimes it’s hard to give up the good.
Removing something negative from your life can be much easier than removing something good, especially if you aren’t sure when the phenomenal thing is going to come.
For the past few months, I’ve been craving less.
Less of everything that’s putting unnecessary pressure on my life, stressing me out, cluttering my space, and draining me in general. There’s just too much cluttering my ability to think and perform at the level I should be.
The thing is, some of these things are good. They are a part of me that I still cling to and think I can bring to life.
Except, I know by getting rid of these things I’m more likely to actually have the time to focus and build the things that matter the most.
It’s hard to let go of things that only bring moderate joy.
It’s hard to let go of almost relationships and decent friendships.
It’s hard to let go of things when you’re still clinging onto old memories.
Let go of the good and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the great.