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    Simplify Your Life

    A Seven-Step Guide to a Simple Life in Today's Society

    Tired of getting up in the morning and just going through the motions? Feel like life just got way too complicated? Looking for a bit more meaning in your life? If these questions are playing out in your head, then this could be the book you were looking for to give you back control and meaning in your life.

    Have you ever wondered why do some people complicate things while others manage to keep it simple? And who is happier?  Isn’t it ironic that as society modernises, life is getting more complicated? Maybe it is the abundance of choice, or the plethora of information, or the ever-increasing demands of modern society.  

    Amidst the rapidly evolving society we live in, I am under the belief that deep inside, people are craving a return to a simpler lifestyle where things are straightforward and easy.

    That is what this book is all about. It is a tool people can use to simplify the main areas of their life.  There are libraries of books out there helping people live better and happier, but I have yet to come across a book that helps people live a simpler life in the context of todays society.

    How does Simplify Your Life work? The book offers the same seven-step process to simplify different areas of life such as: career, finance, love, friendship, family, home, and hobbies. Under each of these topics, the reader will be taken through the seven-step process:

    1) Find the most direct route towards what you want
    2) Simplify your needs
    3) Declutter using the 80/20 rule
    4) Play to your strengths
    5) Put yourself first
    6) Live in accordance with your values
    7) Live your purpose.

    The beauty of this book is that these same seven steps can be applied to simplifying any particular area of one’s life.  Throughout the chapters, different exercises are offered to help put these steps into practice.
    Besides the process above, I will also take the reader through a real-life example of a complicated life, discuss why we choose to complicate and what a simple life feels and looks like.

    After ten unrewarding years working in the corporate world, Ivan decided to pursue his passion for the ocean, becoming a professional sailing and scuba diving instructor. After hopping out of the corporate hamster wheel, he was introduced, by chance, to coaching and it was while studying to become a coach that he concluded that he had finally found his true calling.
    Fast forward to the present day, Ivan is a certified International Coaching Federation (ICF) coach and an accredited neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner. He has also competed in four Sydney to Hobart yacht races, accumulated over 30,000 nautical miles and spent over 360 days living in a yacht. Ivan is now on a mission to share what he learned and unlearned from his bold and rewarding change in lifestyle.

    About the Author vii
    Chapter 1 Introduction 1
    Chapter 2 The Complicated Life 3
    Chapter 3 The Simple Life 7
    Chapter 4 How to Simplify: The Seven-step Methodology 15
    Chapter 5 Simplify Your Career 29
    Chapter 6 Simplify Your Finances 47
    Chapter 7 Simplify Your Relationships 67
    Chapter 8 Simplify Your Friendships 85
    Chapter 9 Simplify Your Family 99
    Chapter 10 Simplify Your Home 115
    Chapter 11 Simplify Your Hobbies 129
    Chapter 12 Final Thoughts 141
    Endnotes 149

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