"Everything should be made as simple as possible, and no simpler."
If Einstein was into simple, then why aren't we?
Whether you're an entrepreneur, coach/consultant, or someone slugging it out every day in corporate life, you know how complex things can become. But why?
3 Reasons Things Become Complex When They Don't Have To Be
1. Complexity can indicate a lack of clarity. When nothing is number one, everything becomes number one--all at once.
2. Many people view complex explanations and business presentations as indicative of superior intelligence.
I've not seen that proven to be true. Instead, they are often indicative of lack of focus and preparation, or an attempt to overwhelm the listener(s) into thinking that what is being said can't really be understood by the “unwashed.” Therefore, the speaker should be granted carte blanche to proceed with the proposal or project, whatever it is.
Note: From now on this should raise a red flag for you. Why? Because you are about to learn
Roesler Rule of Life #27:
Truth comes in sentences. B_ llS_it comes in paragraphs. If you can’t say it with a noun, verb, and object, you aren’t clear about your thought. Or, you may be about to commit #2 above.
3. We are bombarded with so much new information and imagery that our senses are overwhelmed . Our immediate reaction is:
a. Trying to make sense of all of it in the midst of what we've already begun to do for the day.
b. Multitasking to deal with all of it.
Einstein Gave Us The Answer To This One, Too.
One of the principles within the Theory of Relativity is this:
"It is impossible to detect the motion of a system by measurements made within the system."
(What a great sales line for coaches and consultants!)
As individuals, we can't sort out our blind spots from within. We need a relationship with someone who will tell us the truth, give us another perspective, and with whom we are accountable to follow through.
It's an issue of honesty.
Corporations have an even more difficult time. Systems, procedures, and programs built from within are understandably (given human nature) protected and defended by those who are attached to them. Yet the only way to clearly see the reality of a situation is to have someone stand up and tell the truth about it, good or bad. That can be a career-limiting opportunity for the keen observer. Yet to make changes that mean something, successful companies will have to promote that kind of candor or shrivel and die.
It's an issue of honesty.
With ourselves and our companies, the only thing we can decide is what we will do, personally:
Will we speak the simple truth, ask for the simple truth, or claim that our lives are so complex that we can't know the truth?
And then lament the fact that nothing has changed.
3 Ways To Help Make the Complex Simple
1. Before you start the day, answer this question:
"If I can only have one result today to the exclusion of all else, what must it be?"
Pay attention to that. Let go of the rest.
2. Edit your professional language--in length as well as terminology--so a 9 year-old can understand it. Then everyone around you will know that you understand it, too.
3. When you catch yourself multi-tasking, see how you are coming along with #1. Then go back to #1.