Minimalist Mindset: How to Get Out of the Rat Race
Today I want to talk about embracing a minimalist mindset to help your finances. At some point or another you’ve probably thought to yourself “where did all my hard earned money go?” And the answer is inevitably “it paid for stuff!”
The Consumerist Mouse Trap
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that success is defined by what you can afford to buy.
Many people measure success by the number of status symbols they own. I’m talking the luxury car, the # bedroom # bath home in the suburbs, the designer bag, the expensive suit.. You get the idea.
And once you get the luxury car, the house, the bag, and the suit…you only want more. It’s a never ending rat race that often means the more you make the more debt you aquire.
But you don’t have to prescribe to the notion that success is measured by stuff. A minimalist mindset can help you get out of the rat race.
The Minimalist’s Piece of Cheese
Minimalism is the rejection of the idea that more things bring more happiness. It’s the concept that a cluttered home is a burden to organize. And that time spent taking care of all the objects we own taxes our time and peace of mind.
Minimalism is about the things you own (and spend money on) bringing you value. And embracing minimalism means deciding for yourself what success is.
Whether you are struggling financially or just looking for a way to save a few bucks, I recommend thinking about what success means to you. And then considering minimalism.
Finding The Cheese You’re After
To me success means health and happiness. Don’t get me wrong, I have ambitions for my corporate career and my entrepreneurial efforts (aka this blog). But the reason I am chasing corporate and entrepreneurial success is so I may have more stability and flexibility in my future career path.
I hope this blog will give me the passive income I need to work a flexible part-time corporate career without worrying about my family’s finances. I want a career that allows lots of time to dedicate to clean eating and working out. Having the time to exercise and cook from scratch daily are two things I really miss about unemployment.
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Right about now, you’re probably thinking “what’s her point?” My point is, success to me isn’t measured by the number of possessions my husband and I have. And this has allowed us to stop spending on stuff we don’t actually need, or even want.
If you look within yourself, I’m guessing stuff doesn’t define what success means to you either.
When you hit the dollar section at Target, are you really thinking “this [insert random product here] is going to make me happy long term.” Or have you lost sight of your priorities? And decided to spend your hard earned money on something that will eventually end up on a shelf at Goodwill.
Getting Out of the Rat Race
Applying a minimalist mindset can help you get off of the hedonistic treadmill.
Once you realize where your priorities lay, it is a lot easier to stop spending on frivolous goods and start saving for what you really want.
Maybe you’ll realize that giving yourself or your child the gift of travel is where you want to prioritize your spending. Or maybe you’ll realize that your love for the culinary arts is exceeded by no other, and that trendy restaurants and five course dinners make you happier than anything else.
I can’t say what will make you happy, nor can I guarantee that what makes you happy won’t change. But I can tell you it makes sense to spend your money on what makes you happy.
You don’t need to keep up with the Jones. You don’t need to buy a nice house, a nice car, or expensive clothing just because you have a good career.
Put down your wallet in an attempt to buy success. And if anyone bothers to ask why your not prescribing to consumerism as a means to show wealth, just tell them “I am a minimalist.”
Tell them about your minimalist mindset. Tell them you’re embracing a more intentional path towards happiness. No one has ever said to me “that’s the lamest thing I ever heard, you should really spend more money on XYZ.”
What do you think you’ll value more on your deathbed? The number of shirts in your closet, or living the life you always wanted. And staying true to yourself.
Have you embraced a minimalist mindset to help your finances? How is it going?