Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
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In this episode we discuss “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown. This podcast is not affiliated with the author of the book or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Essential Intent: Make one decision that eliminates 1000 later decisions. “Remember, when we forfeit our right to choose, someone else will choose for us. So we can either deliberately choose what not to do or allow ourselves to be pulled in directions we don’t want to go.”
- Trade-off (Chapter 4)? >In the simplest terms, straddling means keeping your existing strategy intact while simultaneously also trying to adopt the strategy of a competitor. Matt 6:24
- Buffer (Chapter 15)? >From chemistry we know that gases expand to fill the space they are in; similarly, we’ve all experienced how projects and commitments tend to expand—despite our best efforts—to fill the amount of time allotted to them.
- The Essentialist (Chapter 1)? >“Why is it,” I wonder, “that we have so much more ability inside of us than we often choose to utilize?” And “How can we make the choices that allow us to tap into more of the potential inside ourselves, and in people everywhere?”
- The Now
“Think about how this might apply in your own life. Have you ever become trapped reliving past mistakes … over and over like a video player, stuck on endless replay? Do you spend time and energy worrying about the future? Do you spend more time thinking about the things you can’t control rather than the things you can control about the areas where your efforts matter? Do you ever find yourself busy trying to mentally prepare for the next meeting, or the next assignment, or the next chapter in your life, rather than being fully present in the current one? It’s natural and human to obsess over past mistakes or feel stress about what may be ahead of us. Yet every second spent worrying about a past or future moment distracts us from what is important in the here and now.”
We really need to rely on the atonement and not let the past or future make us forget what we should be focusing on now. From Richard G. Scott: Satan will try to use our memory of any previous guilt to lure us back into his influence. We must be ever vigilant to avoid his enticements. Such was the case of the faithful Ammonite fathers. Even after their years of faithful living, it was imperative for them to protect themselves spiritually from any attraction to the memory of past sins.
- Priorities (chapter 3)?“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities. Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality.”
- The Main Thing (chapter 11)?“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing” —Stephen R Covey?Story of his daughter, Cynthia?Story of Clayton’s weekend meeting
- Room to Breathe (chapter 15)?“It is as if we are driving one inch behind another car at one hundred miles an hour. If that driver makes even the tiniest unexpected move— if he slows down even a little, or swerves even the smallest bit— we’ll ram right into him.”?Parable of the 10 Virgins —Matthew 25:1–13?
- A Mind Invited to Play (chapter 7)?“The value of play in our lives can’t be overstated. Studies from the animal kingdom reveal that play is so crucial to the development of key cognitive skills it may even play a role in a species’ survival.”?Joseph Smith— according to a cousin, George A. Smith, one convert-family apostatized because, when they arrived in Kirtland from the East, Joseph came downstairs from the room where he had been translating “by the gift and power of God” and began to romp and play with his children.
- Protecting the Asset (chapter 8)?“The best asset we have for making a contribution to the world is ourselves. If we underinvest in ourselves, and by that I mean our minds, our bodies, and our spirits, we damage the very tool we need to make our highest contribution.”?D&C 88:124 “Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.”
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