Here’s a thought exercise for you, whenever something feels too hard, stressful or overwhelming but you still require to do it:
Ask yourself, “What would this look like if it were easy?”
Many times you’ll see that it could be easy, easier at least! This is the secret that many leaders know. There’s a famous mantra in CEO circles – “Can I eliminate it or delegate it?” This is how they can utilize their specific skills and expertise the best – by not wasting it on things that others could do better or at least effectively.
I’ll give you a personal example from yesterday even! I have been wanting to do a FB live about my morning routines to help others find a way to streamline mornings as well, but I had it in my head that I needed to clean the kitchen and have the whole house looking nice, set up amazing lighting etc…so I could show a gorgeous breakfast set up and journaling on the couch but the truth is, my whole morning routine happens in my bedroom/office – including breakfast and sometimes lunch!
I was making it too hard! And honestly, a little fake. Sure, it might fit in with other videos I see of people fixing fancy smoothies in their pimped out kitchens but the truth is, I journal in bed and make my breakfast smoothie behind my desk on the other side of the room. Because when I was creating a morning routine, I asked myself: “What would this look like if it were easy?”
Going to the kitchen for breakfast always distracted me by other chores and hijacked my most inspired part of the day. Easier meant not leaving my bedroom, so I set up a smoothie station.
I had my office in another room to be “professional”, like experts say. But, I never worked there! I’d go in, grab my charger and work in bed instead. What was easy? Move the silly office to my bedroom!
Doing a video in a bright clean kitchen seemed like the thing to do, but what was easy? To show you the badly lit smoothie station. LOL!
And truthfully, that’s probably a lot more helpful too! It was certainly more aligned with showing an example and inspiration to help you find easier ways to do the things you require so you can be creative, happy and productive in other areas of your life, where it’s more valuable!
I’d really like to hear from you – what do you think about this topic and what are you trying to make easier?