Make the Complicated Simple4 min read

I’d like to share a little story with you. Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson were camping in the mountains one day and after having a little bit too much to drink they both soundly fell asleep, only for Holmes to wake up in the middle of the morning, look up in the sky and see stars, stars, and more stars. Surprised, he elbowed Watson and said, “Watson, look up. What do you see?” Watson exclaimed the same. “I see stars, stars, and more stars.” “Well, what does that mean to you, Watson?” And Watson talked, “It means there’s a far-off universe, far greater than we filled with stars and planets that revolve around each other.” “Well, what else does it mean?” “Well, based on the position of the different planets, it means it’s about 3:15 in the morning.” “Well, what else does it mean, Watson?” “Well, it means that we are a finite spec in the universe of this world. Why, what does it mean to you, Holmes?” Holmes explained, “You idiot, someone stole our tent.”

I share this little story because as business owners sometimes we make the simple complicated. What I mean by that as a coach, I give my clients a simple exercise and a week or two later, they sometimes come back with all sorts of spreadsheets and flow charts with tabs leading to other areas and so on, when the exercise could have been a lot simpler.  

Business is supposed to be a vehicle to create freedom and abundance, the ability to give us the time to do what we want, when we want, with who we want, whenever we want. Unfortunately, some people have a tendency to make that complicated.

Get clear on what you want in your business, get clear on the net worth you’d like to have when it’s time to retire, get clear on where you want to go, what do you want to do, why you want to do it, and then work backward. Create a plan accordingly to deliver on that. Getting clear on what you do leads to creating the culture and the environment you want to have so you can attract the right people that you want to represent your brand. Those people will then represent your brand with pride with energy that naturally drips off to your customers and clients to keep them coming back more often.

Making the complicated simple is about just creating the systems for your team to follow, having regular team meetings, having your review process, putting all the structure in place so things run smoothly so your business delivers upon what you’d like so you can reach your goals and your dreams. In addition, as you’re building your business with everyone on your team succeeding, you can share some of that wealth and success with them so they will want to be with you for the long haul. Make the complicated simple, don’t make the simple, complicated. Don’t be like Watson attempting to understand everything in the universe, just see the simple things in front of you and realize what needs to take place for you to get what you want.

I will also add in the value of having a coach is that the coach will come in and slow you down to help you make the complicated simple so you can do the right things while investing your time, energy, effort, and money in the right places to get you, your team, and your organization what you want.  

COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice.

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