Nothing is ever really as hard as it first appears to be. I have often joked that there is something in our genetic make-up that kicks in each morning that tells us, “Look for something real easy and then try to make it harder than it needs to be.”
The fact is that we sometimes tend to make things harder or more complicated than they need to be. Why? Because we do. We over-think the situation and lose site of the best solution or action that needs to be taken.
We think that we have to be perfect in our solutions. Let me let you in on a little secret: People who try to be perfect are usually procrastinators! They live in a world of “getting ready, to get started, to commence, to begin.” They are always at the starting line, waiting and waiting…while others are getting ahead and making progress.
We get distracted by what might or could happen until we overwhelm ourselves with layers and layers of “perceived” complexity, confusion and – here’s the big one – fear. We eventually confuse others working with us. We let this confusion literally “stop us in our tracks”. We create more “obstacles and barriers” that waste time and money, and prevent us from capitalizing on opportunities that may exist.
We all like things to be simple. Yet, sometimes by our own actions, we make them complicated. Making things more simple, sounds simple, right? You bet it is—but it’s hard work because it requires that you change a habit or develop a new one.
Think about a recent problem or crisis you had to deal with. How could you have handled it in a simpler, more effective way? Follow that simple thought process in the future.