How would you explain it to a child?

As a human and as a coach, I stand against over-complication.

If it can be said simply, say it simply.

If it can be done easily, do it easily.

Shortcuts are usually good (unless they compromise integrity—use your best judgment).

Shorthand tends to get the point across.

Over-complicating serves no one, least of all you. It doesn’t even earn you brownie points or gold stars.

You want to be a hero? Volunteer to teach someone to read. Listen deeply when someone speaks to you. Help someone change a flat tire.

But don’t make things harder than they need to be. That’s not heroic. Valor is never attributed to the people who, for kicks, create more hoops for themselves to jump through. We don’t revere those folks; we pity them.

If you’re uncertain about whether or not you’re over-complicating it (whatever ‘it’ is), ask yourself: How am I making this harder than it needs to be? See what comes up.

If nothing comes up, try imagining you’re explaining the process to a small child.

What wouldn’t she understand?

What steps would need to be reconsidered because they’re just too involved, maybe even excessive?

How would you suggest she pace herself, to achieve this thing?

Should she try to do all the steps at once, or would you recommend she stretch them out over the course of a week or a month?

Do you stand against over-complication, too? But do you find yourself somehow over-complicating things anyway? Tell me about it below.