I think I got it. I finally understand what’s been holding me back.
I make everything way too complex. That’s my Aha.
Like my blogging, for example. I set a goal to blog at least once a week, and then to gradually build it up to 3 times a week. I have failed. Miserably. Which in turn, has made ME miserable.
This is not the only area of my life where this issue of complexity has caused me to fail or to deliver less than satisfactory results (according to MY standards, not anyone else’s). But, blogging is the only area I am going to address here (in the spirit of keeping it simple!).
I submit to you my “Ahas”. The Epiphany that just washed over me about Complexity:
- It is at the root of keeping people away from reading what I write. Who the heck wants to read an 800 word blog post?
- It puts an extraordinary amount of pressure on me, preventing me from meeting the goals I have set, and disabling my creativity.
- Most times, it does not lead to elegance. Instead, it produces convolution, ugliness, and a labyrinth of ideas and concepts that are difficult for my audience to wrap their heads around.
- It makes it difficult to keep focus on the important areas of my life (after all, isn’t that what focus is all about?). Keeping things simple allows for better all around focus.
- It is hidden and interwoven in the verbal and written tsunami of advice that washes over me every day, making it difficult to separate the practical and applicable stuff from the useless, theoretical and unfeasible stuff I read and hear.
Solution? As Seth Godin would say: SIMPLIFY. “Simpler removes the unnecessary and creates a better outcome as a result”. Make simple, but not dumber, as “dumber does little but create noise” which is actually more complex!
And it brings freedom from the shackles that have inhibited me greatly over the last several years since I have been blogging.
Thanks Seth. You will never know what you did for me, since I doubt my blog will reach your eyes and ears.
Maybe someday. If I continue to keep it simple…