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Why Do We Make Things So Difficult?

Hi everyone,

This week I commenced the project of renewing my passport so that I can at least look at travelling overseas again. OMG! If you haven’t done it yet, then be prepared for the most time consuming and complex set of forms and actions you will ever find. I am sure last time I just went to the passport office with updated pictures, and they subsequently sent me out a new passport. Well not anymore!!

After having a purge and deciding to procrastinate and do it later, I started to think about my life and my business, wondering how many things I make difficult when they simply don’t need to be.

My mantra in life has always been to keep things simple and yet as I began to reflect, I identified a list of things in my life that were far more complex than they needed to be.

What was the result of this unnecessary complexity – frustration, stress, and yes, procrastination.

So, why do we make things so difficult when they do not need to be?

I think in many cases people love their complexity. Somehow the more complex something is then the more meaningful it must be. WRONG!

Other people use complexity as a buffer for not having to make decisions or having to be accountable for the result.

But I think most of the time we simply get caught up in life and things build on each other without us even realising the complexity we are allowing to creep in.

So, I am encouraging you this week to do a complexity audit on your life. Make a list of the things that have become more than they should be and start the process of simplifying your life, one thing at a time.

You will be amazed at how the result is not just the same, but in most cases even better and with less stress attached.

Give it a go and allow yourself the space and give yourself permission to simplify your life and business.

So, after all that, I will get back to renewing my passport. Oh Joy!

Have a great week.

Des Penny
Co-CEO

Proteus Leadership

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