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Greater Simplicity in Your Own Life

To achieve simplicity, notice the subtle line between becoming a master and being a novice

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To achieve greater simplicity in your own life, notice the subtle line between becoming a master and being a novice, and read the trail beyond the readily apparent.

Mastery begins with the basic notion that you’re the captain of your fate. You’re in control. You steer the rudder, pull the lever, flip the switch, call the shots, and have the ability to follow the path that leads to simplicity.

When you master the elements of simplicity, you don’t repeatedly traverse the same undesired trails. You can become like the Bushmen of Namibia who are so adept at reading footprints that they can tell what a leopard did the day before they started following it.

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Perspectives and Perceptions

As you read the following tips on simplicity, keep in mind the perspectives for our increasingly complex world:

Realize the reality of our era. Merely being born in the last 80 years guarantees that you will face a never-ending stream of complexity within your home, on the highway, at work, and everywhere in between. Acknowledging this basic reality is vital to resolution. Sadly, some people won’t attain this level of understanding and blame others, or themselves, for their complex lives. Complexity is no one’s “fault.”

Convert the question. When facing a challenge, employ language that empowers you rather than leaves you in a quandary. Rather than ask, “what can I do?”, ask yourself “what will I do?” Then jot down the answers. You can convert even the generic question, “What can I do about this issue?” into a more powerful inquiry “How will I handle this issue?”

Seek your answer within the problem. Charles Kettering’s approach to problem solving remains unsurpassed. He was a founder of the Sloan-Kettering Institute and a brilliant inventor, perfecting the diesel engine, automobile ignition systems, chrome painting, and dozens of other innovations that transformed the auto industry in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Kettering studied the solutions to problems he or others had already solved and reached the conclusion that solutions lie within the problem.

He noted that solutions were merely a change in perception, since the solution to the problem existed all along, within the problem itself. A problem-solver’s role was not to master a problem, but to make it generate its solution.

Solutions Alongside

So, in your pursuit of simplicity, when you encounter a problem, recognize that your solution likely is right alongside the problem itself.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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New Study Shows THESE People are the Happiest

A discussion about a new study on happiness…

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PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener talks with Dr. Steve Turley of Turley Talks to discuss a new study about happiness. Check out their interview and be sure to pick up Chris Widener’s new book they mention, Four Seasons. The purchase of the book gets you 20+ hours of personal develop audios to celebrate the launch of the book. Get Four Seasons by clicking HERE. Check out the discussion below:

Want to influence others like Jesus did? New video series shows you exactly how. Click here for more.

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About Turley Talks:

Are we seeing the revitalization of Christian civilization?

For decades, the world has been dominated by a process known as globalization, a secularizing economic and political system that hollows out and erodes a culture’s traditions, customs, and religions, all the while conditioning populations to rely on the expertise of a tiny class of technocrats for every aspect of their social and economic lives.

Until now.

All over the world, there’s been a massive blowback against the anti-cultural processes of globalization and its secular aristocracy.

And it’s just the beginning.

I believe that the secular world is at its brink, and a new conservative age is rising.

Join me each week as we examine these worldwide trends, discover answers to today’s toughest challenges, and together learn to live in the present in light of even better things to come.

This is Turley Talks.

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The Four Horsemen of Aging Baby Boomers

The prospect of being cold, broke, and alone can haunt some baby boomers in their senior years

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To be old, cold, broke, and alone are the four horsemen of aging baby boomers. Aging has been a fact of life since life itself appeared on the planet, and no one has ever doubted that they would age as time passed. It’s the combination of aging with the prospect of being cold, broke, and alone that’s terrifying for some boomers as they head into their senior years.

Out in the Cold

Miracle breakthroughs in energy production, foreseen in the 1970s and 80s, are clearly not here yet. Despite current price fluctuations, the long-term trend in heating, lighting, and relying upon energy to run one’s home can only point upward for the near future. Prices will be only climb as boomers face the ends of their careers, retirement, and years of living on a fixed income.

Going for Broke

With falling housing prices, fears of a retracted recession, and government debt rising to astronomical heights, the long-term savings of many a boomer has taken a big hit. Boomers close to retiring don’t have sufficient time to recover, and even those who are five, 10, and 15 years from retirement will face rocky roads. The prospects of going broke, or at least having to live out one’s days on far less than anticipated, are real and alarming.

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Home Alone

For several decades, one in two marriages in the U.S. has ended in divorce. This doesn’t mean that one out of two people get divorced, because first-time divorcees are unfortunately prone to being divorced again and perhaps again. In any case, the number of single adults above age 45 is at an all-time high and growing. More people heading into their “golden years” are alone than at any other time in U.S. history.

Finishing one’s life cold, broke, and alone is not a pretty picture. Yet, significant numbers of boomers face this prospect. While individually little can be done about macro-economics, the rising cost of energy, or declines in property and investment values, for aging boomers there are more potential partners today than ever before. Online dating services and a variety of local social groups all but ensure that those who don’t want to face their senior years alone, don’t have to.

Old, cold, broke and alone need not be your fate.

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