How to find what is ‘enough’

Enough is often defined as ‘adequate’. Not too little. Not too much. Just right. What is enough for you and me is different. The  concept of enough is very personal.

Look at the picture above.

We have four circles:

  • Survival– stay alive
  • Comfort– a condition or feeling of pleasurable ease, well-being and contentment
  • Thriving– to make steady progress, prosper and flourish
  • Happiness– pleasure, satisfaction and joy

Ask yourself these questions?

  • What do I need to survive?
  • What do I need to survive comfortably?
  • What do I need to survive and thrive in a comfortable way?
  • What do I need to happily survive and thrive in a comfortable way?

The answers to the above questions define what ‘enough’ means to you.

Once you define what ‘enough’ means for you, you can look at your life and see whether you have ‘enough’.

If you have more than ‘enough’ then you need to ask yourself whether you want those extra things or not? Whether you can give them up? Whether if you give them up you have to work less? Or not work at all at a regular job? Whether you can still happily survive and thrive in a comfortable way even if you give them up? Will you be able to do things that make you more happier?

If you have less than enough, then ask yourselves again whether the things you say you need for survival, comfort, thriving and happiness are really needs or are they wants. If they are really needs for you, then you need to see how you can meet them. Very often we mistake false needs with true needs and hence if we have false needs we need to become aware of them and they then drop off.

This is how you can find what is enough.

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