We have all heard the saying “Keep It Simple”, but usually with the word STUPID at the end. When changing one word our whole world changes!
When I find myself in complex projects, situations, or conversations I say to myself or even out loud to my team. . . “Keep it simple silly to achieve extraordinary results”. I am not calling myself “silly” but changing the thought process that where the team or myself is stuck is because we have made the design too complicated! Saying this statement to yourself or out loud gives a cathartic release of frustration, blood pressure, and most of the time a smile which changes the room instantly!
Designing systems is essential in keeping accountability and forward momentum to success. Question, have you designed a growth plan to be more tomorrow than you are today, are you predictable in your results? As Michael Gerber states, systems permit ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results predictably.”
If you don’t design your own life plan,chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much.” ~ John Rhohn
Planning and designing your life is finding yourself (core values), knowing who you are (gifts, talents, strengths), and then designing a simple growth plan to obtain extraordinary results in your life. Remember, your life is not meant to be part of an assembly line you are uniquely made to contribute the “secret sauce” only you can offer the world.
Here are a few areas to take into account when applying design to area’s of your life (career, family, health, faith, hobby, marriage, personal growth, etc..):
- The Big Picture: Will the system help you reach your big-picture goals?
- Priorities: Does thee system design fit within your values and commitments?
- Measurement: Does tour system have a tangible way of measuring results?
- Application: Is there a built-in system in your design to propel forward motion/action?
- Organization: Does the system design make better use of your time, resources, and achieving higher results?
- Consistency: Can you and will you repeat the system design on a regular basis?
The top 10% of people in their industries apply designs for growth. Designing extraordinary result systems into your life should not be complicated, and the systems themselves should not be hard to apply. In fact they should be easily repeated and followed, if you are unable to easily repeat then it is time to go back and make a few adjustments.
Challenge: look at your calendar “to do” list for the week and next coming week:
- Is there any activity that does not fit within the big picture goals? If yes, delete or delegate.
- Is there growth goals getting bumped due to other peoples priorities? If yes, say no.
- Time, organization helps you from not letting one of the most valuable resources be spent without your permission: Time!
- People, are there people you are meeting for lunch or coffee that does not set a purpose to achieving the results you desire? If so, cancel or reschedule.
Lastly, be kind to yourself. Designing your life of significance and achieving extraordinary results will not happen over night but changing course can. If you find yourself falling into old-habits just state to yourself, “keep it simple silly” and move forward without asking for permission.
I believe in you!
Look UP & OUT,
Keeping it simple is the start to creating the success you desire and creating a dynamic team of leaders who will succeed beyond your “business-plan” expectations. Not sure where to start on designing your plan, please feel free to contact me!
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John C. Maxwell (2012). 15 Invaluable Laws of Design, Chap7.
Tracy A. Worley (2015) GRACEbreak Radio