Essentialism: The One Question That Changes Everything

Natalie MacNeil talks about Essentialism

Would you say you’re working on the MOST important things right now?

Or do you feel like you’re always just trying to keep your head above the water?

Are you constantly saying YES and committing yourself to things that aren’t purpose-driven and then are you left feeling resentful for having ever said yes?

If these scenarios sound familiar, it’s time we talk about how to achieve more by doing less.

In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV, I’m going to share some insights I learned from a book called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown.

We’ll chat about:

  • What Essentialism is, and why it can do wonders for your biz…and your sanity!
  • One amazing question that rocked my world (and will rock yours too)
  • Why doing too much could actually being holding you back from greater success


As Greg says in the book, “What’s most important right now is figuring out what’s most important right now.”

Your actionable this week is to figure out which problem you want to have…and when you’ve figured it out, tell me what it is in a comment below.

I want you to look at your to-do list and scrutinize every. single. thing. on that list. I bet there are a lot of things on there that are non-essential and are actually holding you back from making the kind of contribution you are here to make.

If this episode resonated with you, here’s a Tweetable you can share with your community:

“Which problem do you want to have?” – Michael Porter from #Essentialism via @nataliemacneil (Click to Tweet)

And be sure to keep in mind this week: “There are only a few things that mean a great deal, and many things that mean not much at all.” (Thanks for the wisdom, Greg McKeown)

Cosmic hugs,

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11 thoughts on “Essentialism: The One Question That Changes Everything

  1. My biggest problem would be that I’d have too many people wanting to participate in my fitness classes that I would need to create a wait list.

  2. HI Natalie!
    The problem I would like to have is not being able to paint enough paintings for everyone who HAS to have a Diana Miller piece of art in their home! Yeah!!

    1. Diana, then the value goes waaaay up 😉 As you know, I love your work. It’s brilliant, and I do think this is a problem you will run into soon.

  3. I read Essentialism a while back and *loved* it. I had a real a-ha moment when he pointed out that the word “priorities” as a plural didn’t exist until the 20th Century. This inspires me to go back and read it again. Thanks for the great questions!

  4. Coming in a little late on this post, but have followed you for several years now Natalie. My most excellent problem to have? That thousands, no millions of highly sensitive people honor their trait and step into their personal power to share their unique gifts, talents and abilities with the world!

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