The Mantra for 2013: Simplify

At the start of each new year, I find that a theme foSimplify Your Life and Businessr my life and business organically emerges with some conscious intention.  It becomes a guiding force for the year as I make decisions both big and small.  It’s amazing the power this can have on your world.  Last year’s Shed – Sift – Savor trifecta turned my world around.  In fact I have chosen to keep that theme embedded in this year’s choice to simplify.

So what does it meant to simplify?  Frankly, I know at least a few close friends and family that would laugh at the idea that I am simplifying because they consider me “complex” or “difficult”.  They would say, “How could juicing, eating organic, or cooking from scratch simplify your life?” Or “How does launching a new product, traveling to a conference,  or offering a new service make things simpler?”

It actually does because my choices stem from the fact that I am very clear and intentional about what I desire and the choices I make. Sometimes these choices require a bit more effort than status quo. Yet, it serves me because I yearn to get to the root of the experience and the very fundamental nature of why I’m on the planet, why I’m in business, what I most want to experience, and how I most want to feel.  It’s not “right” or “wrong”, it just IS.  I believe you get to choose what you most desire as well, whatever that might look like.

There’s a lot of insight to be found in the definition of the words we toss around so freely.

Let’s look at the definition of simplify:

To make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier: to simplify a problem.

I would add that my desire to simplify stems from a desire to be radical (but not in the way you might think!).  You see I consider simplifying a radical act:

Relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.

My desire is to get to the core of the things that matter.  That pure state where the complex gets simple and the focus is on the true nature of things.  From this Zen-like intention, I find life and business gets a lot easier.  The struggle melts away (or at least dissipates more quickly!).  Desired outcomes manifest more naturally. Enjoying the journey becomes a natural byproduct.

So what does all this mean in terms of day-to-day life in business?

What this looks like from an inner awareness perspective

Simplicity starts from within. You need to give yourself permission for things to have a sense of ease, flow, and “right” nature about them.   This ends the suffering (in fact the Buddhists spell this out in the Noble Eightfold Path).  Regardless of your beliefs, my bet is that you can already notice how much closer you are to your true nature when you allow yourself to be authentic, cut yourself a break, and reduce inevitable complexities into their own little baby steps.

This isn’t rocket science but it is a radical shift in the way most of us go about living and operating in our businesses.

  • Are you willing to rest in and honor simplicity (even when it feels uncomfortable and you just want to fill in that space)?
  • Will you allow it to be safe to be more Zen-like in how you operate in your business?
  • Can you trust that by making choices from a place of simplicity, trust, kindness, and compassion that your desired outcomes will flow?

What this means in terms of practical action: [Read more…]

Create Breathing Space for Better Productivity & Peace of Mind

There is alBetter Productivity via Simplicitymost nothing more stressful than an overbooked schedule. Coming in a close second is a cluttered and disorganized physical environment. Combine the two together and you have the ingredients for chronic exhaustion. Yet, I would venture to say that most of us live in a constant state of over-promising (to ourselves, our families, clients, etc.) and feeling like we fall short. And because we are so overstretched, tending to our environment (mental and physical) takes a backseat because who has time to de-clutter?

The grand result of this crazy little merry-go-round is burnout. That “I just can’t take another thing!” state of mind. So, we come home, kick the dog, yell at our loved ones and do-do-do until we collapse and start the cycle again. Many times we are not even aware of what is really going on because the “situation normal” IS living on autopilot and wandering around exhausted.

What is the answer? It can be found in a little known art form called – the art of elimination.

Before you can really take the hedge trimmers to your schedule and surroundings, though, you have to become aware of what “reality” is looking like for you these days. Let’s start with your schedule.

Take a look at your schedule and your to-do list.

  • Are you trying to fit 30 hours of things in 24 hours of today?
  • Do you set yourself up for failure because each day’s task list is so long that you don’t even stand a prayer of putting a sizable dent in it?
  • Do you consistently under-estimate the amount of time it’ll take for you to complete client projects and then find yourself working into the wee hours?

If so, it is like trying to put 120 pounds of air in a bike tire designed for 100 pounds of air. You keep pumping frantically until —  BANG!  The tire finally blows out (and scares the crap out of you). YOU are much the same way.

Let’s look at the solution to this common problem.

Inner awareness shifts you must make to get off the hamster wheel:

  • Give yourself permission to be human and slow down to the speed of life (If you think that equates to internet speed, go watch a plant grow and get in touch with the REAL speed of life).
  • Embrace the fact that restorative time is of equal (or even greater) importance as time spent in action.
  • Learn to get comfortable with the uncomfortable feeling that inevitably comes with change.
  • Understand that the state of your physical environment directly supports or hinders your effectiveness and well-being. (Is it in a disarray of clutter? Is it visually appealing? Is there space in your environment to do what you need to do in it?)
  • Reward your efforts along the way (stop waiting for the BIG win).

Now let’s look at some practical “can-do” solutions to creating space. [Read more…]

The Charade of Complexity (No Apologies)

Does it feel like things are so darn difficult in your business? Have a sticking point that feels complex, heavy, and hard to solve? You may be engaging in the charade of complexity. It is like a merry-go-round for your ego where you make things more difficult than they need to be. I know that I could win a medal for how often and how difficult I sometimes make things for myself. But as I wrote about in my blog post “The Solution is Always Simple”, the elegant, graceful, and ease-filled way is the path out of the maze.

Think of something that has you stuck, procrastinating, or befuddled. Now think of the solution that seems so easy as to be almost laughable. Chances are there is some (if not all) of the truth in that solution. So go zen on yourself, drop the facade of complexity, and move to the simple solution you seek.

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The Solution is Always Simple

SimplicityDo you work very hard at making any challenges you are facing complex and convoluted in your mind?  Don’t worry, it’s not personal or a character flaw, it’s just what people do.  If you’re a smart, intelligent, high achieving woman it is likely that you make things seem extra complicated in your mind (you’re an overachiever, right?!).

I know I have certainly had more than my share of this.

How do you know if you’re making it harder than it needs to be?  Well, you’re likely to be feeling:

  • Overwhelmed with all the things you need to do and the constant juggling act.
  • Frustrated and ready to bang your head against a wall.
  • Befuddled as to how to untangle your way out of whatever mess you’re in.

I have been there… literally pulling my hair out, banging my fists against the wall, and dare I say throwing the occasional piece of technology at the pinnacle of frustration.  What can I say; I used to have a huge temper…

Then suddenly (after lots of practice), I discovered that it doesn’t have to be that hard.  The best solutions, wisest decisions, and optimal results don’t arise out of complexity they emerge from simplicity.

You might be thinking – “It can’t be that simple!  You don’t understand how important/big/unique my business or personal challenge is!”

I didn’t say it was always easy; I said it was simple.

Think about it. How many times have you struggled with a challenge so hard and so long it felt like you were wrestling a slippery pig?  Then, in the end… when you finally found a resolution, you felt the desire to smack yourself upside the head because it was that simple?

The reason it often takes so long to get there though is because we frankly like to make things harder than they are.  It helps us feel important, validated, and needed.

But imagine if instead of struggling and listening to the myriad of negative mind chatter you could:

  • Get quiet
  • Experience more peace
  • Allow a wise solution to emerge

How might that benefit you in terms of peace of mind?  More effective solutions?  More aligned actions?  Greater results?

I thought so…

I have personally found and seen it happen in 100% of my clients that when you seek simplicity and quiet the madness you are naturally poised to tap into an infinite source of wisdom and possibility.  You can hear the whispers of your intuition, allow the dust to settle, and see a clear, inspired next action to take.

This always, without fail, leads to better outcomes – for you and your business.

My coach’s request to you.

Next time you are facing a challenge or frustration do the following to activate a soul filled and simple solution:

  1. Stop. By all means stop digging yourself a deeper hole mentally, emotionally, and otherwise.
  2. Create breathing space.  Take a walk, take a break, take a shower, meditate workout, etc. Whatever it takes, create space between you, the problem, and the next step action.  (This is awesome for taming a temper too I might add.)
  3. Release control.  Let go of your need and attachment to fixing things or finding some mythical perfect solution.
  4. Open to receive guidance.  Allow insight and possible solutions to show themselves.
  5. Choose the path of simplicity.  Make a decision or take your next action using the criteria that it must be simple.  If it is not simple (again, it might not be easy…) go back to step 1 and repeat.

I can guarantee that if you take these steps rather than engage and wrestle that slippery pig (even if it’s only in your mind), you will set yourself up for more powerful choices, more pleasing results, and a heck of a lot more peace of mind.

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