Salute Your Solution: Simplify

I love Jack White.  I love his project the Raconteurs. They have a song called Salute Your Solution.  I love it too.

I have realized the HR/ Leadership solution I am saluting is simple.  Simplify.

We are overstimulated.  We are overstretched.  Therefore we overthink.  I am a huge culprit of this, and it doesn’t help me at all. Overthinking simply keeps me in first gear.  We overthink because we are afraid of a commitment that could and usually will lead to failure.

For instance, I always pack too much.  I went to the beach last weekend; we were there for 4 days.  I packed:

  • Brown Shorts
  • Black Shorts
  • Beige Shorts
  • Long Black Pants
  • Long Brown Pants
  • A Black Skirt
  • A Black Shirt
  • A Blue Skirt
  • A Peasant Shirt
  • A Black Bathing Suit
  • A Grey Bathing Suit
  • Stretchy Pants that I call fun pants.  I can eat what I want in them = fun
  • 2 T-shirts
  • A Beach Coverup
  • Underwear…etc.
  • 2 pairs of sandals
  • Running shoes
  • Windbreaker

What if it rains, what if I feel ugly one day and want to wear long stuff, what if I spill something on one of the shirts, what if….

Holy. Crap. 

Know what I wore the whole weekend? 

  • The two bathing suits/beach cover up,
  • A T-shirt (same one like every day)
  • One of the brown shorts (like every day)
  • And my stretchy/ fun pants 
  • Of couse the underwear…etc.

As a leader look at your goals and see if it reads like my packing list.  Quit thinking of every possible outcome and just chose one.  GO WITH IT.  Move on.  If one of your goals get’s rained on, buy a windbreaker then.  Or just get out of the rain.