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On our QBQ! Facebook page, I posted, “My success begins and ends with my choices.” Many folks said, “Amen!”
Except for one guy. He wrote …
“How luck and random events play into the affairs of humankind must be considered. It’s surely fortunate to be born in the U.S., have the name of Trump, be healthy, and so on—but making good choices isn’t easy when the options are opaque, incomprehensible, or too numerous to master.”
To be honest, this type of “rationale” exhausts me. Call me simple-minded, but I believe this:
My life can and will be better when I choose to make it better. Anything else is blame, procrastination, whining, and victim thinking.
So sorry if that offends—it’s simply how I choose to view the world.
The Solution Was Right In Front of Me
The Millers have an intercom system in our Colorado house, installed before we bought the home. With many levels, stairs, and steps, it’s a handy tool. Press a button in any room to locate or ask someone a question! We’ve loved it.
Until it quit. Ugh.
I knew finding a vendor would be a hassle—and costly. So I opened the main console (pictured), tinkered with the wires, surfed the web for solutions, and emailed potential suppliers. I got nowhere.
Then I remembered—I know a guy!
I contacted Brennan, a friend of our daughter, Tara’s, and an A/V expert. A week later, he drove the 20 miles to our home. What a guy.
After looking at the console, Brennan asked where our electrical wires converge. I directed him to the basement.
Joining him moments later, I found Brennan in our water heater closet, grinning out at me. With great anticipation, I exclaimed, “You fixed it?!?”
He pointed. That’s when I saw a dangling UNPLUGGED electrical cord (also pictured).
You have got to be kidding me.
Brennan then reached for the cord, inserted it into the outlet, and declared, “Problem solved!”
Believe me, we had a good laugh. As “payment,” I gave him six Flipping the Switch books for his team at work and he left. Brennan’s visit lasted … 7 minutes. 🙂
Are You a Complicator Or a Simplifier?
Problem: Intercom not working.
Solution: Plug it in.
Humans have an innate ability to overcomplicate life and exacerbate its daily challenges by not seeing and reaching for the obvious solution. Yet we’re far more apt to “live successfully” when we grab the answer right in front of us. You know, this one:
Making better choices. Taking ownership. Practicing personal accountability and responsibility.
Too simple? Maybe, but here’s my view: Life is hard enough, why make it harder by —
- Playing the victim
- Conjuring up excuses
- Holding a “Pity Party of One”
- Living with entitlement thinking
- Engaging in “If Only” and “What If”
- Blaming others for my results/outcomes
- Searching for “extenuating circumstances”
Doesn’t that all just sound … draining?
It does to me.
Do you desire greater energy, focus, happiness, and personal growth? Want to solve more problems, move forward faster, and achieve bigger goals? Then un-complicate life by reaching for the solution staring each of us in the face: Personal Accountability.
It’s just as simple as that.
Oh, how did that intercom cord get unplugged? Well, that’s another story.
Are you a Complicator or a Simplifier? Comments welcome!
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(Drawing deadline: Tuesday, February 6, 2018)