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My 3 "Simple" New Year's Resolutions

My 3 "Simple" New Year's Resolutions

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"

Albert Einstein

Who am I to argue with Einstein?

I reread my last 3 year's posts regarding my thoughts about the New Year and my resolutions for each one. Still all good advice about goal setting, how to use time better and focusing on priorities. Here's the rub though. While I certainly have the feeling of doing well, I find that many of the things I was hoping to see change in my life haven't.

After some reflection, I've concluded that my tendency to overcomplicate and over manage things is a large contributing part of the problem. So, keeping simplicity in mind, here are my 3 resolutions for this New Year.

Conviction. I have the belief that being more decisive with all my choices will help banish the wasted time of over-thinking every situation and will create more forward movement and positive outcomes. As James Freeman Clarke observed, "Strong convictions precede great actions."

Gratitude. I still plan to strive to perform at a high level. I do not think that I'll ever be satisfied. But I can control my attitude and better appreciate what is in my life right now. Melody Beattie had it right when she pointed out, "Gratitude turns what we have into enough."

Kindness. A conscious, being present in the present moment kind of awareness. Not everyone that we treat this way will appreciate it. But it can always make us feel good about ourselves. Aesop was not telling a fable when he noticed that, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

Wow. Only 300 words. That's great for me. And a great start to a simpler, happier and more productive 2019.

Happy New Year!

Brian Butler is VP Business Development of The Allied Group and author of: Find 'Em Get 'Em Keep 'Em and the recently released In Search Of...Customers!

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