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Friday, January 1, 2010

Practice the "Five Year" Plan

The term "five year plan" is often used to refer to the economic policy of a country (including the one where I now reside).

That's not at all what I'm talking about.

This "five year" plan is the cheap but effective technique of getting perspective on life's little glitches. When things don't go our way, we simply ask: "In five years, will this matter?"

Now, in truth, sometimes it will. Things do happen that can change the course of a life.

But those turning points are rare. Usually, the answer will be "no," and with that assurance firmly in hand, you can go on about your business, knowing that this was not a "fatal error" but just a "redirect."

So, try this cliched-but-useful technique for getting perspective on the bumps in the road.

You'll be happier.

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