Albert Einstein said, "Everything should be made as simple a possible, but not simpler." This is an important secret to happy living: realizing goals, projects, and purposes and organizing and accomplishing them in simple, yet prevailing fashion. This requires us to eliminate what's unnecessary while holding on to the essential details.
As we discover what's truly important, we know where to place our focus. We see what we must scratch in order to succeed. As American writer Richard Bach said, "The simplest things are often the truest."
Here are a few basic truths to simple success.
1. Maintain focus--keep your eye on the ball!
Indecision breeds procrastination and the two create huge distractions. We only hit what we aim at. Stay focused on what's important.
2. Be honest--always!
Nothing will make your life more complicated than lying--to yourself or others. Facing circumstances squarely may seem challenging, but truly--it's the simplest way to succeed.
Everything you need or want has a way of showing up as soon as you are ready for it. The sooner you're prepared, the faster you'll realize results.
4. Have faith and persevere.
Hopeful wishing is an excellent starter, but a not-so-good finisher. Faith is more than hope, and coupled with perseverance, faith will take you over the finish line.
5. Keep it positive.
Negative energy, feedback, and focus complicate everything. The one thing you have full power over is your thoughts, words, and actions. Use them for good.
6. Stay educated.
Gaining higher intelligence is fundamental to our growth. No one can really teach us without our permission. We must choose to learn.
7. Be courageous and change old habits.
Breaking out of old, complicated patterns takes guts. If your purpose is worthy and your pursuit is sincere, with bravery you can establish behavior patterns, thoughts and choices that feed simple, happy, and successful lives.
8. Go the extra mile.
When you are spiritually compelled to reach out and serve (which we all are at one time or another) do it with high definition. What you put out comes back to you. Serve--and go the extra mile.
9. Drop the ego. You can't become the master of anything until you become the master of your own ego. While believing in yourself is important and healthy, inflating your sense of self by competing, acting, and believing you're better than others, will complicate your life in ways you cannot image. If your success is ego-based, your failure is imminent. Love others instead and aspire to race only against yourself.
10. Be willing to work. My grandfather was a psychologist and he used to repeat a popular saying, "With all thy get--get going!" Healthy self- esteem grows with good, old-fashioned, hard work and anyone who's truly hit their mark will tell you that success isn't achieved without it.
We create complex lives and inherit difficult problems when we defy these straightforward truths.
For personal development evaluate this list and pick at least one principle and spend the week focusing on simplifying your path to success by making it a part of your everyday life.
Repeat each week for 10 weeks.
Rebecca Hintze, M.Sc.
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