This is not a helpful affirmation.

Alright, cats and kittens, what’s a Simplicity Statement and why did I pick it for day 1 of Simplify Your Life Month?

A Simplicity Statement is an affirmation that helps you get your head right about your goal of simplifying your life.

I hate affirmations (just ask my therapist). That is precisely why I’m starting with one. My hatred for affirmations is just my brain digging in to the status quo. Do you like your status quo?

The idea behind an affirmation is that you state a positive situation in the present tense, as if it were already true. Repeat it enough, and your brain will change.

Do you believe our thoughts become our actions? (This podcast episode stopped me in my tracks.) 

An affirmation uses positive language exclusively. So if what you come up with starts with  I don’t or I’m not, you’ve got some work to do. (Did you ever have a teacher ban the word can’t?) Change your statement to be a declaration of something you are doing that changes your life for the better.

I love the explanation that fellow organizing and productivity pro Shawn Tuttle has written on her blog.

Mine for the month:

I spend my time doing things that move me towards my goals.

So, whatever your focus needs to be for simplifying your life, craft yourself a happy little (or big) affirmation. Need help? Let’s work it out in the comments!

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