When Simple Isn’t Simple

I love talking to my son about my business.  He has worked for me in the past, actually gotten me clients and has a great understanding of what I do and why.  He has a great mind for business and human nature, as well as a sometimes very simplistic view of things.


I also love to bounce ideas off of him for this reason.  Sometimes, I know this will come as a surprise, but I over analyze things and he is just the one to see it very simplistically.


I’m also the kind of person who likes to be busy, not minutia busy, but really busy writing, coaching and working.  It has been a little slow and so we were discussing options.  There are always options.


He told me to just go do this one thing.  That’s it, very simple, just do it.


Oh sure, when you say it then it seems really simple but when I try to conceptualize putting it into practice it is not that simple.


Now I know how my clients must feel at times….




So how do you turn simple sounding into simple action?  Not so simple.


First, make a decision.  Sounds easy enough, but if it is something you want to do then you have to decide to do it and go through with all the possible work that is involved.  Make a commitment.


Second, write it down.  What do you want to do, why and even what you are afraid of it if helps.  Having things in writing helps me, I like to physically see things and hold them so lists and action plans are good for me.


Decide what you need to do.  You know your goal now what do you think are the steps or actions that will help you get to that goal?  You may not know exactly how to get there but if you start writing something down then ideas will start to flow.


Once you get a few ideas then you can look at them and begin to see what steps need to be broken down further and what steps need to be taken first.  Then you can begin to organize and make a plan.


Talk to a friend.  Get another viewpoint to bounce ideas off of and help you see things that are out of your line of sight.  Sometimes a little validation or suggestions from a trusted friend can make the world of difference.  It can help you clarify your actions or give you greater confidence in committing to your ideas.


Sometimes simple isn’t that simple, but if you break it down into simple steps it can simply be done.


Ok, even that last statement was a little much for me and I wrote it…



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.



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