How to Create Life Leverage (aka live more)Aug 06, 2023
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Want to create an enjoyable, clutter-free life?
One of the most powerful concepts you should know about is something I call “Life Leverage.”
It means using your existing resources to achieve more of what matters - with less time and effort.
It’s said that the days are long, but the years are short, so it’s imperative to maximize life before your best years pass by.
It’s the difference between you becoming a master of your life or life becoming the master of you.
Too many people fall victim to the “if only I could go back in time” narrative instead of creating life leverage.
And that’s a recipe for a life filled with unbearable regret—when it doesn’t have to be.
So today, I want to help you understand the three components of life leverage that can create a profound and lasting impact on your life.
Let’s dive in.
3 Components of Life Leverage
There are three simple parts to this formula.
- Less Clutter
- Less Debt
- More Meaningful Work
Part 1: Less Clutter
My biggest advantage is that I have very little to manage or worry about.
With my core values in mind, I continuously ask whether or not something will aid me in prioritizing my values or hinder me from doing so. And this activity of intentional thinking helps me declutter regularly and permanently.
After I let something go, I stand in the doorway of my life as the gatekeeper—controlling what, who, and how much is granted access.
My goal is more clarity, not a home packed with more stuff.
Following this principle allows me to leverage the available time and resources I’ve gained to invest in the parts of life I value more.
Here’s what I mean.
Every day, I consciously choose to live with more of what matters by choosing to want less of what doesn’t.
Part 2: Less Debt
The exciting thing about decluttering is that once you start, it begins to have a chain reaction, like falling dominoes.
The first - your clothes, the second - the garage, third - your relationships, and before you know it, you’re also beginning to look at your finances differently.
This domino effect is crucial for gaining clarity.
Because the more that fall, the more information they reveal.
The most impactful lesson I learned was that although I had built a habit of saving every month, my financial future was at a standstill.
To change this, I decided to “declutter my finances,” so I paid off my $23,000 student loan debt in 12 months.
I used every extra dollar I had (above paying my bills) PLUS my savings.
I paid the price of temporary sacrifice for the ultimate reward of zero financial burden - talk about creating leverage in life.
In my opinion, debt and freedom can never cohabitate. In fact, the borrower is a slave to the lender.
And if you desire to become a master of your life, rather than life becoming the master of you. Then this is a non-negotiable.
It would be best to break the chains that tie you to anything or anyone who has a say over what you can or cannot do.
Part 3: More Meaningful Work
Decluttering your home, finances, and emotions may seem like just a milestone. But it’s also an opportunity to leverage that freedom by pursuing more meaningful and fulfilling work.
Work is one of those things that we, unfortunately, cannot declutter, but we can rethink its role in our life.
This is a powerful position to be in because our work can impact (for better or worse) multiple touch points in our life—such as our family, our health, our time, our flexibility, and our financial future.
If I’m honest, I’m partial to starting a business and traveling the nontraditional route. But meaningful work is also achievable in the traditional sense as long as you genuinely love what you do.
But remember, you need three things for a win-win-win when it comes to meaningful work:
- Your work is rewarding both non-monetarily and monetarily.
- Your work is something you enjoy, and it brings you joy.
- Your work serves you and serves others.
Life leverage is all about living more, not with more stuff.
It’s about using your existing resources to maximize results and achieve your dream outcome.
- Less Clutter
- Less Debt
- More Meaningful Work
Get all three of these things right, and you’ll gain more clarity, more control, and a more enjoyable life.
⇨ This Week's Action Step: Look at your life and habits. Where is one spot where you can benefit from creating leverage? Whether it’s through decluttering, paying something off, or rethinking the role your work is playing. Commit to trying it for 30 days and see what information the falling dominoes reveal.
That’s it for today!
Keep growing on your journey, and I’ll see you next week.
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