It’s easy to become overwhelmed and complicate things by taking on too much or trying to do everything ourselves. This can even exacerbate your problems! To avoid these issues, keeping things simple is essential for effective leadership. While it’s not always easy, it allows you to focus your energy on what matters most, make a positive impact, and eliminate needless distractions.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself these questions:
- What am I avoiding?
- What is the most important thing that must be done today?
- What can be delegated or eliminated?
- Who or what can do these things at least 80% as effectively as I can?
Drawing inspiration from real-life examples can also help you simplify your life. Allow me to introduce Charlene Richard, Servant of God, from my home parish in South Louisiana. On August 11th we celebrate her 64th Annual Memorial Mass. She was the epitome of simplicity in her life of faith, focusing on one essential task each day.
In her final days in the hospital at only 12 years old, she would simply ask each morning, “Who am I to suffer for today?” She accepted and endured immense pain with humility and joy, utilizing it for the salvation of souls. Charlene’s example shows us that at the end of the day, what matters most is not how much we do, but how well we do what we do. By keeping things simple, you can channel your efforts for an even greater impact.
Remember to breathe, pray, and Keep It Simple.
With respect and love,
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