There is a cure for stress. It is not a drug and it is not a fantasy. It won't cost you money, but it is not for free. From those who try it out, some feel born again, others rejuvenated. Experience has shown however that many cannot cope with the freedom that the medicine brings.
remedy is known under many different names. You may call it
simplification or reduction, downsizing or streamlining, selection or
choice, reshuffling, refocusing, elimination, or termination. In any
case, the concept will be much easier to name than to implement.
An excuse that you should never use
order to be able to concentrate our energies on the essential areas of
our lives, we must first establish clear priorities. The latter, of
course, is what makes some people shun simplification. What they dread,
like mice running in circles, is to stand still for a minute and
question their contradictions.
Rational decisions are impossible
for those whose life lacks a sense of direction. Overloading one's days
with senseless activities is a psychological defence mechanism against
the terror of taking responsibility. Too much to do is an excuse to
avoid facing indecision. A hundred random acquaintances cannot replace
conversation with one true friend.
Newspapers often report of
companies that collapse due to excessive debt. Stress is heavier for the
soul than indebtedness for a business. Efficiency begins with clarity.
Selection enhances results. Resources are limited in all endeavours, but
the time of our lives is the most scarce resource of all.
A dramatic increase in your effectiveness
Fruit growers prune their trees once
per year in order to reinforce the vigour of the healthiest branches of
each plant. Lean trees will produce more fruit than those whose
moribund branches have not been cut off.
Shepherds cull their herds at regular intervals to prevent
contagious sickness to spread. We all are naturally reluctant to give up
possessions accumulated in the past, but frequently, liquidating
non-performing assets and reinvesting the proceeds is the best strategy. It is a habit that can dramatically increase your personal effectiveness.
The birds are ready to fly
Retailers put slow-moving items
on sale or give them away for free in order to make space on the shelves
for more popular goods. Are you investing endless efforts in a dead-end
career? How can you reinvent your past and aim at a future that is
spectacularly better than your present?
Productivity experts who
advise manufacturers always start by asking workers to clear up the
factory floor. It is only when misplaced tools and obsolete inventory
are removed from the work space that people begin to see their own
mistakes. Without visibility, there can be no transformation.
cluttered agenda is a cage that houses paradise birds waiting to be
released. Those birds are your best ideas, the ones that you have not
formulated yet. It is high time to simplify your life and sharpen your
ambitions. The birds are ready to fly. Open the cage door and set them
For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my books.
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