This Mindset Is Draining Your Energy — and How to Stop It

What if more isn't really better?

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I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.

Emma Goldman

What would it feel like to strive for less, instead of more?  You may need to sit with this one for a few moments. We are socially programmed to always want more. More money. A better job. A bigger business. A newer car. A larger house. The latest fashion. The biggest, most fabulous next-thing-on-the-list.

It can be motivating. But it can also be emotionally draining, energy sucking and, for many, soul destroying.

But what if more wasn’t better? What if we could learn to be happy and content with what we have and where we are at right now, and let that be enough?

Contemplate that for a moment.

If you could let go of the expectation that more and more is better, and instead practice gratitude for all that is present, how would you feel? Would it help you relax, safe in the knowledge that your striving, driving persona could take a back seat for a while?

Would that mindset help you to actually see all that you have to be grateful for? Would it let you enjoy your life more, perhaps even soothe your soul a little?

When you give up the need to achieve and stop driving yourself so hard, you free up energy for magic to happen. For things to evolve. For space and time to breathe and be and enjoy.

So just for now, stop striving. Be at peace with what is and what you have right now. And let that be enough.


I am content with where I am right now.

Excerpted from Simple Soulful Sacred: A Woman’s Guide to Clarity, Comfort and Coming Home to Herself by Megan Dalla-Camina.

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