With the dizzying developments in technology, the speed and challenges of globalism, the day-to-day struggle to address socio-economic and political issues of our time, and running my business enterprise too, I realize the need to go back to what is essential.
PUBLISHED ONFeb 2017
The question I ask myself is “have I lived what is essential ?” to fulfill the unique design of love that God has prepared for me. With the dizzying developments in technology, the speed and challenges of globalism, the day to day struggle to address socio-economic and political issues of our time, running my business enterprise, I realize the need to go back to what is essential.
Recently, I came across a book entitled Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. He suggests “a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter.”
He talks about the mindset of an essentialist. First, individual choice. Each one of us has the right to choose how to spend our energy and time . Second, we hear so much noise around us and yet only a few things are “exceptionally valuable.” Third, the reality of trade offs. We cannot do and have everything.
With these principles in mind, the person striving towards the essentials can now take three simple steps. EXPLORE. Differentiate the trivial many from the vital few. This means to evaluate, explore and weigh a broad list of options before making a commitment. So let us make sure that the option is the right one.
The next step is to ELIMINATE. This means cutting out the trivial many. McKeown defines this as the social discipline of saying no to social pressure. It is eliminating the non-essentials to focus on what is truly important and valuable.
The final step is to EXECUTE. It is to remove obstacles and make execution effortless. Essentialists invest time in creating a system for easy execution.
Living the essentials begins with drawing up one’s vision for the future. Let it not just be a career or a vision of an earthly life but something that goes to eternity. That vision can be sanctity. Then, it is discerning our life’s mission. It means outlining the purpose of our life and the contributions we want to make.