Keep It Simple

It isn’t that life is all that complicated. For the most part, life is fairly simple. We, as humans, tend to complicate things. I once worked with a manager who had a sign on his desk that said, “Keep it simple.” I asked him once why he had that plaque prominently displayed. He said it was a reminder to him, whenever he started to complicate things, to stop, take a step back, and figure out a simpler way.


We might wonder if there could be a simpler way why more people don’t choose it. My theory is that simple isn’t exciting. Complicating things actually can get the adrenaline flowing and our pulse racing. Unfortunately, it can also burn us out and make us very weary.

I once worked with a woman who used to boast how she loved to complicate things. She said that the more complicated a situation the more fun it was. In many ways, it was like an addiction to her. She loved the rush and the challenge that the complicated situation offered. The one thing I could give her credit for was that she was honest. How many of us admit that we love to complicate our lives?

If things seem to be too complicated, do what the manger did, stop, step back, and challenge yourself to find a simpler way.

Coaching Question

Are you keeping it simple?

Coaching Challenge

Is there a situation in your life that is more challenging than it needs to be? Step back and ask yourself what is one thing you could do today to make it simpler. Then do it.

Daily Success Formula

Simple = Less adrenaline


“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hofmann

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

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