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Keep it Simple: How to Achieve Your Dream Part 2

“Everything in life should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ALBERT EINSTEIN

When it comes to doing anything, especially taking a dream and birthing it into the tangible, keeping things simple is a very crucial admonition to keep in mind.

For most of us, our knee-jerk reaction to anything new is to overthink it. We begin to compare our ‘pearl’ with oyster farms of others who have similar dreams already up and running. We begin to add extra bells and whistles to our end products and we haven’t even actually ‘made’ them yet.

We take precious ideas, born in a moment of genius, and think it from the mustard seed it began as, and transform it into craggy, dark mountains that we feel ill-equipped to climb.

Yes, most dreams, especially those that will involve creative income, do come with seeming miles of information that needs to be learned. All of it is important, but none of it is necessary at the very beginning of the dream.

What is important is to take the first step.

With whatever we aim to do, whatever we have taken the step to believe to do, we must remember to keep it simple. It is so easy to overcomplicate things and make what should have been an enjoyable task or journey something loathsome.

But at the same time, as we are keeping things simple by not overcomplicating them, we need to remember NOT to make them simpler.

To me, this means to not dumb down our dreams to the point that they have transformed into cheap counterfeits of our original visions. Don’t cut necessary corners of the process in order to catch up with the so-called competition.

Simple means, again, to be uncomplicated. Choose to Believe without all the complication.

You don’t have to have all the answers yet. Let your seed be a seed, then a sapling, and then tend it until it grows into a tree. Step by step. Worry about ‘racking the leaves’ the moment your tree is big enough to produce some shade.

Keep it simple. Allow your dream to grow in stages. Each step counts. Things only get complicated when you try to leap over more than one step at a time.

Simply write your first draft, create your preliminary sketch, sing your song until the notes come naturally, build your business by creating a starter plan, bake the cake, live your life…simply.

Our dreams are developed by means of a process. There are steps to climb but we do best taking one step at a time. Simple.

For Part 1 of this series, see Believe You Can: How to Achieve your Dream Part 1

*Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

**Originally published May 15, 2017.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!


    • I feel the same way. I feel like we tend to look at simplicity as if it were a carrot on a string when all we need to do is get the scissors and cut the carrot loose. I think we kinda like the idea of ‘doing’ sometimes.

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  2. You’re writing has a calming effect on me. Thanks so much. I look forward to your posts. My mind is always a whirl of “what next?: It makes me unable to appreciate the learning.

  3. I once heard Michael Hyatt say “the countermeasure to fear is just to start” and it’s so true. It’s easy to get caught up in the swirling vortex of eventualities and possibilities and allow fear to paralyze us. Thank you for the encouragement to start and start simple.

    • Thank you, Sarah! “Swirling vortex of eventualities and possibilities,” that is so true. We have to retrain our minds to choose positive possibilities instead of always making room for the negative ones. That is where fear gets its foothold. Thank you for sharing that quote by Michael Hyatt and nice to meet you!

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