What is a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle?

We figured that since we have a podcast called Bindlism: A Self-Sufficient Lifestyle that it would only make sense to explain what a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle is.

So here we go.

Plain and simple.


The definition of a “Self Sufficient Lifestyle” is living a life that is authentic to oneself.


The end.


Okay maybe we cut too short there. If you’re still reading, then we can delve a little bit more into this.

First, you might not even know what authentic even means. So we did the research for you on Google and here it is:


Authentic: representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified.


Here’s the link if you want to see for yourself.


So all in all, a “Self Sufficient Lifestyle” is living a life where you’re being true to oneself.

At this point, you might have some questions. Your question might go along the lines of...


How the hell do I know what’s true to myself?


Well you’re in luck. We have a blog by Kyle Fisk that will show you exactly how!

Check out 5 Steps to Create Your Life's Purpose and come back for some more when you’re ready.


So now that you know how to unlock the truth of who you are, the next step is figuring out how to create a life around that.

We got you covered on that one too!

Check out the blog by Andy Padula called Lifestyle Brands 101: The Essential Guide to learn more!


A lot of these pieces are coming together now. We hope it’s making a lot more sense. And if not, we can delve deep into this topic for you and explain the ins and outs...

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A Self Sufficient Lifestyle is about living a life that is true to yourself. Self awareness can be used to understand the truth of who you are. You can exercise this through the practice of introspection. This consists of asking yourself questions to unlock answers about who you are and why you do what you do. The goal is to understand the core of who you are so that you can authentically make decisions in the world.


Imagine you are planning a vacation that is most authentic to yourself. Before making any plans, you will first need to think about where to go. In this instance, you are using introspection to think of places to go to that will be an ideal match to who you are. This is an opportune time to use self awareness. You can do this by asking yourself questions to understand your personal style and then try to match this style with a place in the world. Other questions you might ask could be about what's most important to you so that you can pair it with places to fulfill this sense of importance for you. The more in tune you are with your authentic self, the better chance you may have in choosing a place that is personally meaningful for you to travel to.


Just like in preparing for a trip, the same technique can be applied in navigating your life. First, you will use self awareness to understand the core of who you are. When you have this blueprint, you can make decisions in the world that are in alignment with fulfilling this perceived self. As you become more aware with who you are, your ability to align yourself with authentic experiences can be more accurate. Self awareness can be used to know what you want to do for a living. You may also use it to create more meaning in your life by making decisions that are in alignment with your intrinsic values. Self-awareness is the key to unlock the door to a world that is true to yourself.


You can practice self awareness by asking yourself questions on a daily basis. The following is a list of some topics to ask questions and understand about yourself in order to unlock a Self Sufficient Lifestyle:

  • Intrinsic or Core Values: What is most/least valuable to you? and why?
  • Personality: What is your strongest/weakest character trait? and why?
  • Ideals: What impact do you want to have on the world? and why?
  • Beliefs: What do you believe would be best for the world/humanity?
  • Motivations: What makes you want to get up in the morning? and why?
  • Talents/skills: What are you naturally talented at? What skills/talents do you have?


For example, if you value humanity, have the personality of extroversion, and wish for an ideal world to have peace, then maybe social activism would be something you would want to commit your life to.


Another aspect of living a “self-sufficient lifestyle” is the ability to have internal control that allows you to maintain well being and not sway away from your authenticity. Everything from material possessions like cars or houses to what you do to pay the bills or even the family you grow up in is all out of your immediate control. You can’t even control what other people do or say. Sometimes life is so overpowering that it forces you to live a debilitating lifestyle.


Nevertheless, you can still have control over yourself. You can have control over how you manage your thoughts, emotions, or behavior. You can control what you say and how you say it. Even what you think about or how you perceive the world to be can be under your control with practice. It’s crazy to think that the thing you can have the most control over is something that you can’t even see. No matter how chaotic your outside world becomes, you can always have control over your inner world through your thoughts, emotions, or behavior.


Self-sufficiency allows you to trust your instincts and choose your own path in life, even if it means you're going against the grain of society or the expectations of others. It also allows you to have the strength to authentically guide your life and not allow the external pressures from the world to dictate how you act. 


As an aside, you can understand more about how to control your emotions in our blog 5 Steps to Increase Emotional Intelligence


So as you can see, it’s a little bit of both. Thoughts, emotions, and behaviors working together with your beliefs, values, ideals, and personality. It’s about using all these different abilities to create a personalized mindset that you can use in the world to live your truth.


At the same time, don't sweat it. Self-awareness and internal control of oneself is not an easy practice. It might take weeks, months, or even years to scratch the surface. Everyone progresses at a different pace. Life might even call for you to take risks and try a lot of different things before clarity in self awareness is unlocked. You may still lash out emotionally no matter how much internal control you have. The goal isn't to be perfect. This is a lifelong journey of ups and downs and constant development. There's no rush. No one is forcing you to have to figure it out either. That's the beauty of life, everyone navigates it differently.


To us, life is about having new experiences, continually learning, and unlocking a deep understanding about ourselves and the world around us. At the end of the day, we only have one life to live (as far as we know) so we're just here trying to make the most out of it.

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Thanks for reading and we hope this has been a super informative post for all you earthlings out there.


Discover more insight on our podcast called Bindlism: A Philosophy to a Self Sufficient Lifestyle!

We feature people from all walks of life doing just that...Living a “Self Sufficient Lifestyle”! We’d be soooo grateful if you could check it out.

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