Simplify To Amplify
You’ve probably heard trite expressions like “less is more”, and it can be hard to conceptualize. Literally of course it doesn't make sense but the implications of it are vast and resonate true. That’s why I really liked a quote I heard from Marie Forleo that I think more accurately represents the core point to this, which is “simplify to amplify”.
When you start doing less, and narrowing in on the few critical pieces to something that work best, you give yourself more time, energy, and attention to excel. High performance in high-leverage areas can lead to disproportionate results, hacking the algorithm and enabling you to do more with less.
This is because all actions are not equal. You may be familiar with the 80/20 rule which suggests that 80% of your results come from 20% of your activities. So if you simplify and do more of those 20% activities, and get rid of the other stuff that isn’t as effective, it allows you to amplify your results.
This is usually applied through the lens of business and financial performance (because it’s easily measurable) but the same is true with your health, your happiness, your relationships, and your sense of fulfillment. There are a few routines or habits that do incredible things for your health. There are many things to consider if you want to be happier or more fulfilled, but a few of those things create a deeper and more resonant sense for it.
Establishing standards and systems that help you consistently do the things that serve you most will disproportionately improve the quality of your life. But in order to do more of that and less of other things, you need to simplify, trim the fat, and give yourself the space to prioritize it.
In this way less is more. Simplify to amplify. And to make this tangible in your life right now, I want you to ask yourself this question - What is stealing your energy that you should cut out of your life?
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