Most things can be simple; however, we sometimes over-complicate them. It’s human nature to overthink situations to convince ourselves that the outcome will be perfect. The time we invest questioning every scenario when we know that our initial gut feeling is the one to go with, can be maddening. Even with things that are inevitable, we tend to waste time questioning it instead of just moving on.
What if we break it down change into its most basic form? The simplification looks like this:
Believe it or not, this can be the most challenging part of putting an action plan together to push forward and create a breakthrough. For the most part, filling in that first line regarding change is not that complicated. We know what needs to change, but what is critical here is to ensure that the specific change, in the present state we are in, is as specific as possible. Too broad and you risk not meeting your goal.
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
What we want to accomplish will require thought, reasoning, and reality. Let’s break that down:
Thought: If we commit to change, we have to identify the specific change we expect to occur. This outcome becomes the piece that we are accountable and responsible for. The more time we dedicate to thinking this through, the more efficient and effective our plan of action can be.
Reasoning: With a solid desired change, dedicated thought to our plan, we begin to chart our course with an evaluation of the reasoning toward our goals. This is otherwise known as “the process”. Begin to visualize the direction required and work toward identifying the barriers you may encounter.
Reality: The desired outcome needs to be realistic, while at the same time challenging, in order to achieve growth and reach your goals. If your desired outcome is too much of a stretch goal, you are setting yourself up for failure. By creating a reality that pushes us outside our comfort zone, we appreciate the process even more so.
Too simple, won’t work, right?
Here is an example:
What is causing me to be disorganized?
Do I have control over it?
What is not working?
What could I change about myself?
We don’t need pages of notes and analytics to support our goals in every situation. By applying simplification to create a base for the decisions that you make, you will be able to allocate that time for the more critical decisions in your life which require more research and evaluation.
“Always trust your gut. Your brain can be fooled and your heart is an idiot, but your gut doesn’t know how to lie.”