‘Simple’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Easy’!

Manoj Gupta
2 min readMar 31, 2023


We often hear the phrase “keep it simple” as a solution to life’s problems. But simplicity doesn’t always come easily. In fact, simplifying your life can be one of the most challenging things you do. So why is it so difficult?

First, let’s clarify what we mean by ‘simple.’ Simple doesn’t mean lazy, apathetic, or unambitious. It’s about intentionally removing the excess in your life that isn’t serving you, so you can focus on what truly matters. It’s about finding clarity and peace in the midst of chaos.

But the truth is, simplifying your life requires effort. It requires you to confront your attachments and habits, to let go of what’s no longer working for you, and to be intentional about what you choose to keep.

Here are some of the challenges you may face when trying to simplify your life:

  1. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO): We often hold onto things, commitments, or relationships out of a fear of missing out. But letting go of these things can actually open up new opportunities and experiences.
  2. Emotional Attachments: We attach emotions and memories to physical items, making it difficult to let go. Recognise that memories are not tied to objects, but to experiences and people.
  3. Social Pressure: Society often equates success with accumulation and busyness, making it hard to justify a simpler lifestyle.
  4. Old Habits: We are creatures of habit, and breaking free from our routines can be challenging. Start small and be patient with yourself as you adjust to a new way of living.
  5. Decision Fatigue: Simplifying your life means making tough decisions about what to keep and what to let go. This can be mentally exhausting, at times.

So how do we navigate these challenges and simplify our lives? Here are some tips:

  1. Start small: Begin by simplifying one area of your life, like your wardrobe or your calendar, and build from there.
  2. Be intentional: Evaluate each item, commitment, or relationship in your life and ask yourself if it’s truly serving you.
  3. Let go: Be willing to let go of what no longer brings value to your life, whether it’s physical items or emotional baggage.
  4. Embrace the present: Focus on the present moment, rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.
  5. Practice gratitude: Appreciate the simple things in life and cultivate a mindset of gratitude.

Remember, simplicity is a journey, not a destination!

It requires effort and intentionality, but the rewards are well worth it….



Manoj Gupta

Managing Director & ExecCom Member | Author of Bestseller - New York to NEW YOU | Keynote Speaker