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I bet there are some of you out there who think that this “accomplish more by doing less” thing is a bunch of baloney.

How could someone really get more ______ (money, meaning, quality time, etc.) by doing less?

It almost seems against your purpose doesn’t it? I get it. Really I do. But there is truth to that statement. And if you can figure out that truth sooner than later, you’ll discover the gold at the end of the rainbow. That gold is your life. That rainbow is the distance from where you are now to where you want to be.

Taking a Trip Down Movie Lane

There’s a line from a movie that has been stuck like a broken record taped to my brain. Did you ever see Neverending Story? The movie where a book literally (and I really mean literally) comes to life as the main character is reading it. It’s the type of movie a shy, introverted child who loves to read fantasizes about. A girl kind of like me.

Here’s Where I Get Nerdie

There is a line that I have been tossing around in my head since I first saw the movie eons ago. It’s the moment when the beautiful empress from the book calls out to the main character Bastian. She says, “Call my name. Bastian, please! Save us!” In my mind I hear her saying, “Bastian, why won’t you say my name?”

Anyway, that quote has been haunting me for awhile. Kind of like an annoying mosquito that won’t go away.

The Revelation

I realized that what was so meaningful about that line was it’s symbolism of faith. For those who haven’t seen the movie, I’ll explain. The fantasy land called Fantasia will be destroyed unless the boy who is reading the story about it will admit to it, validate its existence, believe.

I know it’s sappy right. But there is some substance to the movie.

If you don’t believe in the process. If you don’t have faith that doing less will bring more to your life, you will never change. You will be overworked, stressed, unhealthy and busy for the rest of your life.

As I continue on the journey to do less, I have to keep my faith. I must keep it when the dishes are not always done, when there are millions of things I think I “should” do, but don’t do it. I do it because I believe anything is possible-that a better life is waiting if I do the work and take the steps to change them now.

For today’s challenge: Write down in your journal answers to these questions. What keeps you from living the life you want to live? What obstacles stand in my way? What prevents you from having faith in the life of your dreams?

If you’re new here, welcome! Don’t worry about starting on day 15 of the challenge. You can start at anytime. If you want, you can start here on day 1 of the challenge. Feedback’s always welcome. I would love to hear how you’re doing.

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