You might not know this, but I have a bit of a crush on martial artist and actor Bruce Lee.
Not so much for his movies since I’m not really an action movie kind of gal. And not so much for his good looks, although I admit he was super fine.
What I like most about Bruce Lee was his sage (ha!) outlook on life.
He spent his life sharing his Chinese culture and martial arts with the world and breaking down the “us versus them” mentality.
Bringing people together in an atmosphere of love and respect is something I try to do in my life. If you get a chance, check out one of my favorite movies, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.
I also love how he did aspiration writing and imagined himself as the highest-paid, most well-known Asian actor long before he gained fame. It’s fun to reread my old aspiration journals after what I was dreaming about actually happened.
But what I appreciate most about Bruce Lee was his way with words. Seriously, this guy has some brilliant quotes, and they’re much better than anything you’d find in a crummy fortune cookie.
My favorite Bruce Lee quote influences my coaching style and how I instruct my clients. Here it is:
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” Bruce Lee
This quote has even more significance in this world of social media, electronic gadgets, and internet cat videos. Every moment of our lives seems uncomfortably full…kind of like your stomach after Thanksgiving dinner.
I’ve found that my own life becomes richer and more rewarding when I “hack away” at the clutter that’s not serving me.
I help my clients edit their lives to just the people, thoughts, and activities that support their life visions.
One way we do this is by adding things to their Not-To-Do Lists. Nearly all Editor Session graduates say the Not-To-Do List is their favorite part of the program.
Unlike a regular to-do list, a Not-To-Do List holds all the things you have no control over, that don’t need to get done, or can be delegated to someone else. Basically, it gets the inessentials out of your head so you can focus on what’s truly important.
And because I think that self-improvement should be fun, I’m sharing the Not-To-Do List with you absolutely free!
It’s time to karate chop your life’s inessentials. Hi-yah!
The Not-To-Do List is a super-important part of the Life Editing Process. Fill the first column with everything that’s on your plate, anything that you’re thinking about. Then try to organize as many things as possible into the not-to-do boxes. For instance, I stopped visiting websites that waste my time or make me feel bad about myself.
Like Bruce Lee said, you must decrease the number of things that take up space in your mind.
What are you going to delete from your life?
In the comments below, share one way you’ll edit your life by “hacking away at the inessentials.”