Do You Over Complicate?

Did you pick a WORD for the YEAR?

Confucius said, “Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.” I think this is true in all areas, including business. Especially as technology and human interactions are fusing together. It is easy to over complicate everything and get overwhelmed.

So my word for this year is: simplicity.

I decided on that word after listening to Tim Ferris being interview by Marie Forleo (see it here). Tim talked about finding the most “simple and elegant solution” for the things he wanted to do.

I know this is true for me and maybe for YOU as well: the simpler I keep things, the more likely I am to execute them. The more I execute, the more results I see and the faster I move forward. So, when thinking about doing something the first question I ask is, what is the most simple way to do this? Note to self: leave out the complicated plan. The more I complicate something the more I talk myself out of being able to pull it off. (Also known as self sabotage.)

And you may note this as well, at its essence, ‘Go for No!’ is very simple. Get more no’s. The more you complicate it, the more difficult it becomes. So, I wish you are very simple (but effective) 2018!

As Steve Jobs said, “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

Comments? Please let me know your thoughts and your word! And if you liked this post, please share! – AW 

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