The Less We Think, the Better It Works

Thinking is more effective the less we do of it.

I was speaking with my middle child Betsy who is finishing up at the University of Minnesota, and it was clear to me that she really could use a replacement car. She and her boyfriend Alex share a twenty year-old bucket of bolts that they can no longer trust to make the trip back to Milwaukee.

She rides the bus and she bikes like crazy, but occasionally they really depend on a car, especially in winter. She didn’t ask or state any lack surrounding transportation, but I left the conversation with a strong desire to gift her my car whenever I replace it. Over the next couple days I was really basking in the feeling of giving her the car. I imagined how I would do it, creating a delightful surprise for both of them.

I was thinking that by next summer, about fourteen months from now, I would be able to do it, and that really felt wonderful. Three days later, on Mother’s Day, I received an email that a gentleman placed a bid on a two-year-old eBay posting of mine for some artwork I had wanted to sell. Within two hours he was at my home and we were loading his car with the art as a gift for his wife on Mother’s Day.

Immediately after, I went to dinner right next door to the local BMW dealer, and so I walked the lot for fun. I love those cars and was really thinking I might like a used one, but the model I had in mind wasn’t anywhere on the lot. When I returned home I did a 30 mile search online for the particular model and vintage I was interested in, and came up with… wait for it… exactly one! And it was priced almost exactly equal to the check I had received only hours earlier for the artwork.

The next day I went to drive it, and after only two blocks I knew it was perfect. Perfect color, perfect engine, perfect exhaust, perfect features, perfect condition, and perfect price.

Needless to say, I now own it, and most importantly, I have a beautiful gift in the driveway awaiting its new owners and its new life in Minneapolis/St. Paul. I know this is a lot of detail, but I wanted to demonstrate how easy and joyful life can be when you “let go.”

Talk about effortlessness and ease. The whole process seemingly took just a matter of hours for the money to magically appear and the perfect single car to appear. I believe all of it happened so perfectly because there was so much energy of ease and abundance around my thoughts. Thoughts of charity rather than lack, and thoughts of gifting rather that needing.

This life is such an amazing ride when you just sit back and enjoy it. What I mean by that is simply NOT thinking so hard about everything, and just recognizing all the signs when they appear. Magic is happening all around us, we need only recognize it. I am happiest when I don’t overthink the world around me, when I simply follow all the whims, promptings, and intuition that flow through my heart.

You too know the feeling… trust it!

Enjoy, Rick

Rick Schaefer, M.D. is known as the Happiness Coach. He is the creator of Guilt-Free Coaching, and is the author of Extreme Thought Makeover™… 37 Days to Maximum Life! He speaks throughout the U.S. and has a following in more than 50 countries. To learn more or to work with Dr. Rick directly, call 414-573-8880 or go to