The Art of Enough
7 ways to build a balanced life and a flourishing world
***THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE 2022/23 SHORTLISTED TITLE***
Ever feel like you aren’t Enough? Overwhelmed by too many demands?
Concerned about over-consumption and the climate crisis
You’re not alone. The Art of Enough is the challenge of our age.
In a world full of pressure to be more, do more and consume more, this practical guidebook will help you find your own version of Enough. Enough is a springboard for self-belief, a healthy work pace and sustainable living, so you can move from striving to thriving.
Weaving together ideas, stories and practices, The Art of Enough offers seven ways to ease away from the pull of scarcity and excess, towards flourishing with Enough; finding the balance and boundaries we all need for ourselves and for our world.
Becky Hall is a coach, facilitator and speaker and has worked for over 20 years with teams, organizations and leaders, helping busy people all over the world create their own Art of Enough.
‘If you want to have a better life and to make the world a better place then you must read this book. It is wise and practical and beautifully easy to read, everybody should read it’
Charles Handy, bestselling author of The Empty Raincoat and The Second Curve.
For people that constantly need/ want to do more, this book is AWESOME! Read it now. For people who worry they consume or buy too much, this book is AWESOME, too! Read it now.
This is a great addition to your self-help book collection! I think a lot of us never feel like we are ENOUGH and we need to get out of that mindset as it’s damaging to us and others around us. This book gives some great tips and healing-type energy to incorporate changes into our lives.
So much of this book resonates with me. We are taught from an early age to strive to ‘ be good ‘. To do well at school , to be top of the class, to get the best exam results, to go on to the best university.
Then when an adult , we want to be seen to be at the top of our career, to be thought well of by our peers. To holiday in lovely places, to have a fantastic home, and great relationships, well adjusted children. Rinse and repeat.
This book almost gives you permission to step off that merry-go round , or at least the idea that you can look at life in a different way.
A great thought provoking book.
This book offers so many practical ways to help you learn to appreciate yourself and your life, a really thought provoking and helpful read!
This is an excellent book about finding balance in a driven world. About finding the place between scarcity and abundance where you can live happy and content. Sounds simple, and in a way, it is, but we are required to totally rethink our mindsets so that we stop competing and comparing and start looking properly at ourselves and our ambitions. I found it very positive and many of the ideas are easily transferable for me.
A wonderful, clear, affirmative guide to making one’s way in this hectic confusing world. So full of good and useful advice. Succinctly written, easy to follow, and gently life-changing.
This book explores so much about how we think, what we have been programmed to do and then gives superb practical advice on how to do life differently.
This is a brilliant book. It offers highly practical tools to work with, supporting a movement to a mindset shift for inner peace and acceptance. Becky doesn’t shy away from the messy and difficult stuff of life but approaches it with a calm consideration that makes her teaching highly accessible.
If you’re at a crossroads in life this is a great book
I am in my early 20s and read this book after taking a job I didn’t really care for in the pandemic. I was unsure of what path I wanted to take next and felt quite lost. Reading this book helped me to evaluate what was important for me in life and what I wanted my life to look like. I am now in a much better job, with a much healthier work-life balance and I feel this is due to the guidance this book gave me.
This book is a MUST BUY for anyone who is looking for some thought provoking insight on their ability to “Be Enough”, just as they are. It is laid out in a really practical and useful way, with exercises and summaries to allow us to “dip in and out” when we feel a need. The Art of Enough is a truly supportive resource when we feel the need to to find a way to unburden and unleash our natural power, to grab hold of the restricting boundaries of our limiting beliefs to grow beyond self sabotage.
“a deeply human and hopeful book”
Coaching at Work
I enjoyed this book and highly recommended it because of the author’s total commitment and passion for helping other people find their way to enough.
‘If you want to have a better life and to make the world a better place then you must read this book. It is wise and practical and beautifully easy to read, everybody should read it.’
Charles Handy, bestselling author of The Empty Raincoat and The Second Curve
‘Becky has birthed a brilliant and beautifully crafted book. The weave of stories, insights, and exercises are held together by an elegant structure of Seven Arts, making it easy and engaging to follow. If you feel overwhelmed by what’s coming at you and want to feel inspired by what’s within you, treat yourself to reading and embodying the wisdom of this book.’
Sarah Rozenthuler, Chartered Psychologist, Dialogue Coach and Author of Powered by Purpose and How to Have Meaningful Conversations
‘A guide to being an even better person, living an even better life and, even in a small way, to making the world a better place, while all the time helping you to ditch the guilt about failing and falling short. Affirmation, Action and Absolution lie within.’
Rev Kate Bottley, Radio 2 broadcaster and Gogglebox vicar
‘This is a very empowering, beautifully written book. If you’ve ever wondered why you end each day feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and just plain worn out, this is the book for you. The Art of Enough offers sympathetic, pragmatic advice and easy-to-do exercises to help you keep your life (and your mind) in balance.’
Professor Suzanne Raitt, Chancellor Professor, William and Mary College, Virginia, USA
‘This book not only speaks to me personally, addressing some of the deepest questions about purpose and identity, but it speaks to this present moment in which we all find ourselves – questions about what is most important, our individual place in the world, but also the impact all of this has on the environment. With calm and authoritative wisdom, Becky Hall’s profound yet practical book will help us all to reframe our thinking, and know that we are already enough.’
Chine McDonald, broadcaster and author of God is not a White Man
‘A wonderfully pragmatic and soulful guide to how we can be more present to our lives, our resources and the world around us for everyone’s benefit. A great counterpoint to the excessive individualism and the corresponding exhaustion and depletion our current mindset is producing.’
Michael Cahill, coach and founder, Market Matters
‘At a time when we need more than ever to find balance within ourselves and with the wider world, The Art of Enough challenges us to disentangle ourselves, to rewrite our own scripts that allow us to forge greater connection with our environment, those around us, and, importantly, ourselves. A book to be engaged with, not simply read.’
Professor Vee Pollock, Dean of Culture and Creative Arts, Newcastle University
‘Becky brings the big, complex questions of our time to our attention in a provocative, yet grounded way. She invites each of us to explore our inner world, so that we may consider how we impact on our outer world too. This book is for those who are curious about how to live with and enable more ease and flow, so that they may be better connected to themselves, those around them, and the beautiful planet we all share.’
Laura Beckingham, seer, coach, writer
‘I loved this book. It is beautiful in concept and form and is much needed.’
Lynn Stoney, constellations facilitator and teacher, Constellations Workshops
‘It’s often been said that to express something simply, you must first understand it profoundly. The Art of Enough is a deceptively simple idea: that if we could learn to find the right balance between scarcity and excess – personally, societally, globally – then we have the chance of a future of flourishing on this planet. But if we really want that, then there is work to do: a lifetime of practising a different way of being, working, loving and living. The Art of Enough is a work of compelling coherence: wide-ranging and yet elegantly unified. Drawing from, and speaking to, disciplines including personal development, psychology, physiology, biology, ecology, business management, community development, social theory and spirituality, it is impossible to pigeonhole. In the end, it is a book of wisdom.’
Paul Northup, Creative Director, Greenbelt Festival
‘Drawing on a wealth of personal and professional experience, and written with passion and wisdom and insight, Becky Hall offers us another way to live – with a clear guide to the steps we can take to make a change.’
Alison Vickers, coach, facilitator
‘It’s incredibly honest and grounded yet simultaneously practical and compassionate. I wish I’d read it 25 years ago.’
Judy Parke, secondary school English teacher
‘This book is so useful – I keep going back to it. From working-from-home mums, to team leaders and CEOs, discover what matters most and learn the Art of Enough. I would have loved this book while I was feeling overwhelmed as a headteacher, to help me put my life into perspective and achieve a sense of balance.’
Claire White, retired head teacher
‘I’m so glad I’ve read this in my early twenties. It’s set me up for finding balance in my life. I found the exercises to build my confidence and make a positive contribution really useful.’
Sarah Wilkinson, educational support worker
‘The Art of Enough gives us the chance to think and act, from the inside out. Starting with the eco-system of ourselves to the bigger global systems that we know we need to preserve, The Art of Enough takes you on a journey, in a timely response to the world’s challenges.’
Ruth Overton, organizational development consultant, Investec Bank
Part 1: The inner challenge of BEING ENOUGH
Chapter 1: ART 1: ENOUGH MINDSET – Where are you coming from?
In this chapter we will explore the thinking – the Mindset behind not being Enough. For some this can manifest as the well-known phenomenon imposter syndrome – a common result of not feeling good Enough – for others it might be a feeling of inadequacy around not being worthy, or clever or kind – the list goes on. We will be exploring how we can move our Mindset from one of Scarcity or Excess to Enough – sourcing our thinking from abundance.
So we will:
· Explore imposter syndrome – what it is and how to tackle it
· Unpack the power of our mindset to frame our experience.
· Look at the mindsets of Excess and Scarcity and how they might hold us back
· Describe the principle beliefs of an Enough Mindset.
· Look at how you can identify what mindset you are using and how you might go about changing it.
Chapter 2: ART 2: ENOUGH PERMISSION – Write your own permission slips
In ART 1 we looked at defining and describing the mindset behind being Enough. We focused on thinking and mental constructs. In ART 2, we are going to focus on feelings: how it feels to give ourselves permission to be enough – and what might make us feel that we do not have that permission.
We will explore:
· The concept of belonging and why it can have such a hold over what we are able to be in the present.
· Where some of your deepest assumptions come from – whether they are serving you in the present and how you can dis-entangle yourself if you need to.
· How you can re-write the script of your own belonging – giving yourself permission to be Enough
· Articulating your core purpose and values
· Writing your own permission slips to be fully yourself and grow in the way that fulfils you – Enough.
Chapter 3: ART 3: ENOUGH PRESENCE – Listen to your body
In ART 3 – Enough Presence – How to Embody a State of Enough we explore how to create the embodied energetic state of Enough. Having considered how to BELIEVE we are Enough and how to FEEL we are Enough – we now explore how we can be in a STATE of Enough. To do this we need to understand that we are one internal system – integrating Enough Mindset and Enough Permission in our state – how we show up in each moment – defined as Enough Presence. With Enough Presence, we create coherence in our system, our minds, bodies and energy – one moment at a time.
· Consider what presence is – and what it takes to create Enough Presence.
· Explore what happens in our bodies when we lose balance; how we are programmed to respond to risk and danger.
· Unpack research about neuroscience and our physiology that help us see and understand ourselves as an interconnected coherent system.
· Explore how listen to what our head, heart and gut is telling us
· Learn practices to bring us into the state of Enough Presence – that we can use in the moment, moving us away from Scarcity and Excess and into Flow.
PART 2: The Outer Challenge of DOING ENOUGH
ART 4: ENOUGH BOUNDARIES – Create rules to keep you coherent
The globalized digital world we live in is so full of possibilities, choices and freedoms that our ancestors never experienced – and it is also massively complex. To live well in such complexity we need to find a way of giving ourselves structure so that we have Enough – not too much or too little. Of course, the boundaries we are talking about here are good boundaries – ones that give us structure and containment, which we need more than ever if we are to find the Art of Enough so that we can flourish.
ART 4 looks specifically at how to create and keep good boundaries within the complexity of our lives and the high volume of demands on us. We’ll explore:
· The importance of acknowledging what is, so that you can start to make choices
· How nature does it – what we can learn about creating boundaries for our complex lives
· Identifying what matters most
· Understanding your energy patterns
· Designing your days and protecting your focus
· The joy of clear boundaries
Chapter 5: ART 5: ENOUGH RESOURCE
In ART 5 we explore the resources we need. This can mean internal resource – energy, capability, drive – or external resource – time, support, others to delegate to. Often when we are overwhelmed, we can feel disconnected from our resources. We will look at Enough Resource as a replenishable cycle – and will explore the habits that you can develop in order to sustain yourself in the face of life’s demands on you.
Specifically, ART 5: Enough Resource will explore:
· The cyclical nature of Enough Resource
· The power of mapping what depletes and replenishes you
· Burnout – how to avoid it and build powerful habits to sustain you
PART 3: The together challenge of HAVING ENOUGH
Chapter 6: ENOUGH GROWTH – from size to transformation
As a society we massively over consume and throw away more each year than our forebears ever had in a lifetime. Our economies are measured in terms of GDP growth. This mindset and these behaviours have brought us to the brink of environmental collapse, and it has not made us happier either. In ART 6 we are going to explore the freedom of limits. Even the concept of Enough Growth can feel limiting or restrictive to some. For others it can be a byword for mediocrity and a lack of ambition. Here we are going to turn that thinking on its head and explore Enough Growth as the doorway to realising our ambitions, fulfilling our maximum potential and finding happiness. We’ll look here at how we can achieve Enough Growth – individually and collectively – so that we can flourish and thrive without it costing the earth.
We will explore:
· The Enough Growth cycle
· The freedom of limits
· The myth of never-ending growth
· Doughnut thinking
· When less is more
· Dreams of transformation
Chapter 7: ART 7: ENOUGH TOGETHER – Only connect
In ART 7 we will explore the seventh part of the Art of Enough model – Enough Connection. We will look at the effect of connection on our sense of belonging, our sense of agency and our relationship with the world we inhabit. We will explore the impact of separation on us individually and collectively, and how we can move beyond both Scarcity and Excess towards Connection – a wholehearted, resourcing and restorative state of Enough. In this chapter we will look at:
· Why we need Connection; the story of separation
· Enough Connection with ourselves
· Enough Connection with others
· Enough Connection with the natural world
Epilogue: Enough Transformation
FORMAT / ISBN / PUBLICATION DATE / RRP
Paperback / 9781788602891 / September 21, 2021 / £14.99
Ebook / 9781788602884 / September 20, 2021 / £7.99
Paperback and eBook Bundle / £16.99
Becky Hall has worked for over 25 years with people in a wide range of organisations as a consultant and executive coach. She specialises in helping people build gravitas, presence and inner confidence, and she has designed and run numerous resilience, leadership and change programmes for businesses to help them shape their cultures, often speaking and running workshops on these subjects too.
This work on building confidence, resilience and presence, together with helping people manage overload in a 24/7 digital world, led to the development of the tools designed to enable her clients to create their own ‘art of enough’.
Becky’s credentials include a first-class English & Drama degree, a Masters in Adult Learning and Fellowships of CIPD and the RSA. She is a registered senior practitioner with the EMCC (European Coaching regulator), a Heart Math accredited coach and part of the Coaching Constellations systemic coaching teaching team. She also trained and worked for eight years as an actor and brings much of what she learned in the theatre to her practice now. A member of numerous networks in her professional work, Becky blogs and writes regularly about The Art of Enough.