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Simple Success

Feb 5, 2008
I have found (like many others) that simple success is best!

Albert Einstein described the balance of this type of execution when he said, "Everything should be made as simple a possible, but not simpler." This is a great secret of happy living: realizing goals, projects, and purposes (including the missions of our lives) in an uncomplicated, yet effective and prevailing fashion--eliminating the unnecessary while holding on to the essential details.

American writer Richard Bach is quoted as saying, "The simplest things are often the truest." Making it simple may come down to living a few basic, true principles.

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. My outdoor-loving husband always "sights in" his gun before hunting. Our goals are no different. They require regular focus to hit them.

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.

3. Prepare. 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. Hopeful wishing is an excellent starter, but a not-so-good finisher. Faith and perserverance lead you over the finish line. Faith comes after hope. It is believing without doubt!

5. Keep it positive. Negative energy, feedback, and focus complicates everything! The one thing you have full power over is your thoughts, words, and actions. Use them for good.

6. Stay educated. Knowledge is like a key that unlocks the door to dreams. Our individual success depends upon increasing intelligence. Remember, all education is self- acquired--no one can really teach us without our permission. We must choose it!

7. Be courageous. 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! It's a universal truth that leads to victory--what you put out comes back to you a hundred fold. 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, or acting and believing you're better than others, will complicate your life in ways you cannot image. If your success is ego-based, you're failure is immanent. 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 his mark will tell you that dreams aren't made without it.

We create complex lives and inherit difficult problems when we defy these straightforward truths that make for simple success.

As you work to improve your life, evaluate your ability to live these truths. Pick at least one and spend the week focusing on simplifying your path to success by making that one principle a part of your everyday life.
About the Author
Rebecca Linder Hintze is the author of, Healing Your Family History . She is an internationally recognized expert on family issues, a radio show host, and a professional presenter who leads workshops worldwide. Website: http://www.rebeccahintze.com
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