Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, martial artist, philosopher and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do. Lee is best known as a martial artist, but he also studied drama and Asian and Western philosophy while a student at the University of Washington and throughout his life.
His eclectic philosophy often mirrored his fighting beliefs, though he was quick to claim that his martial arts were solely a metaphor for such teachings. He believed that any knowledge ultimately led to self-knowledge, and said that his chosen method of self-expression was martial arts. His influences include Taoism, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Buddhism. When asked in 1972 about his religious affiliation, he replied, “none whatsoever”, and when asked if he believed in God, he said, “To be perfectly frank, I really do not.”
I have honestly never seen a Bruce Lee movie or know much about martial arts. But his principles on life are what makes me admire him.
“As you think, so shall you become.”
“Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.”
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
He was clearly dedicated on living life to the fullest and determined to live his life on his terms and no one else’s. It is his thoughts and one particular quote about simplifying your life that inspired my minimalist journey and the motivation behind my 7 Day Minimalism challenge on Instagram.
Hack away at the unessential, Hack away at the thoughts that are weighing you down, Hack away at the junk that is ruling your house, Hack away the social media notifications you compulsively need to read, Hack away at everything that decreases your happiness.
Hacking away at these nonessentials is not an easy task, it has undoubtedly taken years to build up this crap that is taking up space in your home and in your mind. So a 7-day Instagram challenge isn’t going to simplify your life back to an acceptable level. It is a start in the right direction.
The Daily Decrease 7 Day Instagram Challenge
You need to do this challenge if:
You have ever thought about becoming a minimalist
You are struggling under the weight of all your obligations.
You are feeling stressed out by the amount of junk accumulating in your house.
You are drowning in negative thoughts.
You can not seem to disconnect from social media, work emails or scrolling, scrolling scrolling.
You want to lead a simpler, happier, freer life.
If you said yes to any of the above (I am not sure of anyone who wouldn’t!) then read on and take part in my challenge starting tomorrow (24th July 2017). Or use the information below to start your own at any time you like.
- Each day has a word or phrase to inspire an action for you to undertake for that day.
- Once you have thought about or completed that action please take a photo of your inspiration and share it on your Instagram account.
- Use the hashtag #thedailydecrease2017 so that everyone undertaking the challenge can find your picture.
The Daily Prompts
I put a lot of thought into these prompts. I believe they are inspired by the fundamentals of simplifying your life.
- Be grateful, content and mindful of everything you already have in your life. Don’t go seeking to fill any emptiness you feel with stuff you don’t really need.
- Get rid of clutter – it can cause stress and anxiety and even depression without you even realising it. Who has ever looked into an untidy room and feel a wave of stress or anxiety wash over them. You may clean it up or you may leave it for another day. Either way, it is just another burden that is weighing you down.
- Enjoy time to yourself. Disconnect, recharge your batteries. There is no need to be constantly on the go or be busy all the time. Stop thinking that to be busy is to be succeeding in life. Life isn’t a competition that you either succeed or don’t succeed at.
- Also enjoy some time away from your phone and your computer. Unplug from the constant notifications, in fact, turn them off. You won’t miss anything, it will all still be waiting for you when you log back in.
- Get rid of those negative thoughts that are cluttering your mind. Only you know how to do that.
- Did you really need to buy another trinket, pair or jeans, TV?? Take some time to access their worth. Are they increasing the joy in your life or just taking up space in it?
- Just let go. Live the life you want to lead without distractions, clutter or negativity.
I can’t wait to see all your wonderful pictures! If you need any help or are looking for inspiration please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I am more than happy to help!