Simplify, Specify, Amplify

Each January I take the time to plan and create a theme for my year. I find it helpful to design a vibrant slogan encompassing the vibe I want to establish over the next 12 months. It’s a great tool to easily reconnect with my focus as the year rolls out.

In 2018 I wanted to go paperless and streamline my business. This was super ambitious for a paper lover who has notebooks and papers everywhere. I needed to update my technology, hardware, processes and probably the most challenging of all, my mindset! The excitement around decluttering was running high. With a desire to move forward on this goal, I created the catchphrase,

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My first attempt failed but, hey, I expected that. Change requires letting go of past practices and embracing new skills. I clearly had a lot to learn.

Avatar is a classic movie that I really enjoyed. Have you seen it? There is a scene where the clan spiritual leader, Moat, tells Jake Sully, “It’s hard to fill a cup that is already full”. It’s a profound quote that is applicable to change and the concept of letting go.

Wind forward to 2020. I find the slogan a core principle for my coaching business. It creates a powerful mind-map for activating change whilst still enjoying the journey. When using the three-step process, I find it helpful to think about it in the following way:

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Step 1 – SIMPLIFY

Notice and break down the clutter and noise in your busy life. Look for what serves or helps you. Listen to what inspires you. Let go of what binds you and is out of date.

Step 2 – SPECIFY

Be crystal clear on what you want. Determine your outcomes and how you want to achieve them. Write them down. Add colour and clarity to what success looks and feels like for you.

Step 3 – AMPLIFY

Do what you specified. Do it with vigour and do more of it. Chase it with gusto. Get into routines that suit your style. Find your operating groove, an accountability coach and people around you that support your results. Get excited.

When specifying your desired outcomes, it is helpful to use this test question, “Does it put a smile on my face”? Living your best life and implementing practices designed to enjoy the journey, will help amplify momentum and results.

Test the process and see how it works for you. In a COVID-19 world full of the noise of uncertainty, the leadership practice of simplification and focus is liberating.

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