"Three Suggestions to Start Simplifying Your Life Now"
from The Power of Attitude
by Mac Anderson
Say goodbye to "the Joneses" – Chasing symbols of success can be an all–consuming, hollow existence. Your focus on living in a larger house, driving a more luxurious car, joining the right clubs, and updating your wardrobe will bear no fruit when it comes to peace of mind. Before you make your next purchase, ask yourself these simple questions: Is this something I really need? Can I do without it? Will it make a positive difference in my life?
Live by the 80/20 Rule – In business, there's a rule of thumb that twenty percent of the sales people will generate eighty percent of the business, and that twenty percent of your customers will create eighty percent of your problems. I've found both to be true. I'm suggesting that you apply the rule to your personal life. First, identify the twenty percent of problems that create eighty percent of your stress in life. Then, focus on resolving that twenty percent. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel by making progress on these major issues. I also predict you'll get a boost in attitude from just making the list.
Unload your emotional baggage – Hate, anger, and resentment can lower an invisible ceiling on your future. Repeat to yourself the words of William Ward: "Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the handcuffs of hate."