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For Great Mental Health, Focus On Simplicity

There's a societal lie perpetuated every day. And this lie is sinister because it convinces people th
For Great Mental Health, Focus On Simplicity
There’s a societal lie perpetuated every day.
And this lie is sinister because it convinces people they aren’t worthy.
It tells them that they need complexity in their lives to feel better and do more.
It says that they need to buy complex, convoluted products.
It tells them that they must become geniuses to make a difference.
This isn’t true.
Because complexity always comes from underlying simplicity.

Does it Need to Be So Complex?
Think about your life. Have you ever become an expert immediately? Have you ever become an expert at all without first focusing on what’s simple?
If you are a salesperson, you focus on the relationship. You focus on building rapport. You get good at making a simple phone call. Over time, you develop your own style. But all skill is built on simplitcity.
Or take a physical task, a task that requires coordination and dexterity, for example. Before you can operate machinery, you must understand the simplicity of moving a lever, of pressing a button. You don’t jump right into expert mode.
Society would have you fooled. Society would have you believe that everything is inherently complicated and that you should doubt your own worth.
But it’s not true.
A Shift in Mindset
An obsession with complexity frenzies the mind. It moves it toward a default mode of high anxiety and pressured thoughts.
So what’s the answer?
The answer stems from how you approach your life tasks in the first place. It stems from a shift in mindset.
To still your mind, return to a focus on simplicity.
Rather than approaching a task by trying to consider all of the moving pieces all at once, focus on each component, one by one. Absorb each component and think about what it is at its essence. Only move on to the next component when you are sure you understand the first one. Build up your skill by slowly incorporating one component into the next.
If you think about it, that’s how your brain works best.
Expertise isn’t conquering all the moving pieces all at once. That leaves the body flailing and desperate for answers. No, expertise comes from integrating one component after the next in a methodical manner.
So, take it one by one today, whatever it is you’re doing. Pick one task you’re familiar with–and try to see it in a new way.
Do you understand the components that make up the task?
Are there ways that you could practice each component, eventually making the whole move together in a more efficient way?
I think you could. I know you could.
Remember: one a time. Build up to mastery.
You’ve done it before in certain areas in your life–and with the correct process, you can do it over and over again.

Don’t doubt yourself,
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