Take the Easy Way Out – Day 193 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Thought

Take it easy. Take it easy. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.
~The Eagles

Do you have a tendency over-think things? Are you expert at taking the simplest task and making it complex? As Avril Lavigne sang, “Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?”

There are no extra points for making your life harder than it needs to be. Often your first impulse is the the correct impulse. Learn to trust it. The shortest route to victory is as meritorious as the longest. Buying the first car you like is more efficient than looking at five more before you decide that’s the one you like.

I’m not saying not to work hard or go the extra mile for your dreams. I’m saying when life gives you a chance to take a break or offers you simplicity, take it. Take the easy way out when there is one. Save your energy and your fight for life’s real challenges rather turning mole hills into mountains.

Declutter. Uncomplicate. Simplify. Let go. Take the easy way out when it serves you just as well.

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Consider the Merits Not the Source of An Idea – Day 114 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation

I accept good ideas no matter their source. I reject bad ideas no matter their source.

My grandmother used to give me this wonderful-sounding advice when someone said something I didn’t like. “Consider the source.”

Having come from my grandmother, I considered this sage wisdom for years. You may have heard this advice as well. Perhaps it consoled you at some moment in your life when  someone was saying something you didn’t want to hear.

Sorry, grandma, but the fact of the matter is this very bad, limiting advice. The fact that so many adults live by it part and parcel to our inability as a society to find answers to our greatest challenges or even to talk about them.

“Consider the source” is really a logical fallacy called Ad hominem – literally attack the person. This is a fallacy that causes you to discount wide swaths of ideas because of WHO proposed the idea. It’s why Democrats and Republicans can’t get things done. WHO had the idea immediately makes it good or bad.

Basically, it’s the argument that your idea isn’t wrong because of reason A. It’s wrong because you said it and you’re an idiot.

Power hack: Here’s real sagely advice for you. It will help you in identifying truly good ideas without prejudicing them based on WHO proposed them or what they are labeled.

Consider the merits of the idea, not the source. Accept good ideas no matter who suggested them and reject bad ideas no matter who suggested them.

This prevents you from following the pack in missing good ideas because an opponent suggested it. It prevents you from following bad ideas proposed by your idols. With this mindset, you can weigh every idea based on its merits and apply the best ideas to the challenges in your life.

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