Step Three to Simplicity: Decide on Priorities

Pursuing simplicity is hard to do when you’re racing around trying to have it all.  When you try to be the best worker, the best parent, the biggest moneymaker, the homeowner with the best yard, the driver with the fanciest car–you spread yourself too thin and inevitably will fail at one or all of your endeavors. 

This is a quote from Robert Collier’s book “The Secret of The Ages” published in 1926 in a 7-volume set and available for online reading here.  This is a quote from Volume 2:

“Do you know how Napoleon so frequently won battles in the face of a numerically superior foe? By concentrating his men at the actual point of contact! His artillery was often greatly outnumbered, but it accomplished far more than the enemy’s because instead of scattering his fire, he concentrated it all on the point of attack!

The time you put in aimlessly dreaming and wishing would accomplish marvels if it were concentrated on one definite object. If you have ever taken a magnifying glass and let the sun’s rays play through it on some object, you know that as long as the rays were scattered they accomplished nothing. But focus them on one tiny spot and see. how quickly they start something.

It is the same way with your mind. You’ve got to concentrate on one idea at a time.”

Sit down, have a cup of your favorite libation whether coffee, tea or Starbucks–and make a list of what is important to you.  If there are a number of items on that list consider it well, then one by one eliminate all but one or two.  These are the most important things to your life.

Only after consciously deciding on your priorities will you be able to concentrate your focus on what is most important and simplify your life by decreasing focus and energy wasted on things that are unimportant.

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