Minimalism is not the lack of something, it’s the perfect amount.
There is a powerful trend on Twitter for the fresh start of the new year; #OneWord. It boils down all the elaborate and lofty goals we make at the beginning of the year for ourselves and our teams to a simple, profound word. I find that this time can be filled with quixotic optimism during trainings about everything we’re going to apparently accomplish in the next few months that never seems to quite make it there. It’s definitely disappointing since I’m all about looking towards the future with a glimmer in your eye. There just needs to be a better way, especially on the micro level of our own selves, since that’s where this is all going to come from anyway in the end.
Think about the appeal of TED Talks, it makes ideas translatable for the masses (which granted, some have maligned) which gets people curious and motivated to take action on the topic. Think about what you can inspire yourself to do with the personal mantra for 2014 of “adventure”. That’s what I’ve taken on for this year so I’m excited to travel to new places, try new foods, and meet new people. I can form my word to influence a diverse array of situations and my response to them, creating a lifestyle rather than a one-off goal to achieve.
A general line of thought for me with the increasingly complex world we live in, is that if you can’t explain something with relative simplicity, start over. It’s hard to get things done and get points across if you don’t even seem to be able to convey it well. We need to get to the heart of the ideas and to the core of the change we want to make. By doing this, we can accomplish so much more for ourselves and for our teams.