Not many people on BHW know me, so let me introduce myself. I'm Joe from South Florida. Nice to meet you all if I haven't already. Whew. Got that out of the way. I was reading through "Sherbet Hoover's Ultimate Thread" yesterday and He touched upon the Topic of Minimalism. I felt I needed to share some the ways minimalism can literally make your life Simple. I may rant, It may not make sense, and I might sound like a complete idiot, but I'm writing on the fly and wanted to get this out there. Introduction First, let me share my story. Until about 3 years ago I was a professional poker player. Being in a poker room or tournament venue every day meant cash was always coming in and going out. As a result of this, I developed bad spending habits and clutter. Then one day I, and I don't know why, I took a step back and assessed my life. I asked myself, "Is this the life I want to live?" I decided I was going to change. I sold everything I owned and turned my personal inventory into a list i could remember on the top of my head. "Why did I do this?" you ask. Well, I felt like i was trapped in my life and couldn't do anything without the weight of everything I own with me. It took me 13 months to part with everything, but i did it, and now I live with 42 Material Possessions. I couldn't be happier, There is nothing material that I need, I don't think about money, and I travel the world. Minimalistic Mind frame The Minimalistic Mind frame, I believe, is the core to being a minimalist, and it starts with removing unnecessary wants from your life. I don't want a new car, I don't want the latest and greatest gaming console (Don't get me wrong I could play Call of Duty all day long). I could but it't not my focus. I've trained myself to only want things that better my success. Why do I have an iPhone 6S Plus? I feel it is a tool that helps me out on a daily basis. Putting your goals first in your decision making helps slim down your life a lot because if you really think about it, The list of tools needed to help you achieve your goals in any business, Whether online of offline, is going to be quite small. Minimalistic Goal Setting Another important aspect of the minimalistic mind frame is how you approach the task of setting goals. When I was playing poker everyday my goals were simple, study my opponents, finding weaknesses, and exploiting them. The other goal I had was playing 50-60 Live hours per week to keep my mind sharp. I never set a monetary goal at any level. with Physical or, in my case, mental improvement, your skills with generate income. Lets go back to gaming for an example... Take Call of Duty for instance. The goal is to increase skill and level up and gain XP points. With Skill and Leveling up, You are generating XP Points (or for this example, Call of Duty Currency). Its that simple. Play Internet Marketing like a game. Study your opponents, increase your skills, and capitalize when you can. Don't think about "How can I make $100 a day?" Think about "How can I get more visitors to my site?", "What other Products can I offer?", "How can I get repeat business?". This questions all lead to leveling up your skills. If you just think about getting money, you're not going anywhere. Tired of playing the same Game? Try a new game. Switch from one method to another. Having skills in multiple areas makes you a well rounded marketer. Keep it Simple. One goal at a time, working towards your main goal. Minimalistic Living I can't tell you how to live, but I can share how I've simplified my life. What am I wearing today? The first shirt and shorts I grab, because they all match What am I working on today? The last of tasks I organized before I went to bed last night. Are you going to have any fun today? Yeah, I live in Thailand now and I'm going to meet up with some new friends for dinner. Are you happy? Of course, I don't have anything, to stress about. I may not have a million dollars, but if I stick to my planned goals and timeline I will be able to support myself for as long as I want. Don't you want a new iPad Pro or that shiny new widget over there? Nope. I don't feel the need to spend on things that don't better my success. Whats your plan in life? Hmmm, Besides work related things.... I don't know, I'll choose what I do when the time comes that I want to change something else. Getting Rid of Distractions The first part of getting rid of distractions is identifying them. If you spend 3-4 hours a day on personal Facebook while you're planning on working, thats a distraction. If you're answering your friend's text messages while you're working, thats a distraction. Try putting your phone on silent or Do Not Disturb mode, Sign out of your personal Facebook while you're working. Put the game console in the other room if you have one. One of the biggest things that helped me stay focused is getting out my office to work. Go sit at a coffee shop for 6 hours (be sure to buy something or tip them well. You are using their facilities). Take only the things that you need for the current task of the day, and forget everything else. that way you won't get distracted. Another way of staying focused is to set a bed time and stick with it. I know your not 5 years old anymore and, mom and dad can't set a bed time for you. Set one for yourself, and find out how much sleep you need to function properly. it might take a week or two to get into routine and find that number, but stick to it. If you plan on going to sleep at 11 PM every night make sure you allot time to make your list of achievements for the next day. That way you know what your working on and you won't be distracted by the age old questions "What should I do today" I rambled on about a bunch of stuff here and I'm even ready to throw out a TL;DR on my editing, but I think I motivated myself enough to pack my bag and move on to the next place!