Keep It Simple

John Cousins
February 7, 2023
2 min read
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There is a popular acronym for keeping it simple: KISS.

KISS stands for: Keep It Simple Stupid

Inever understood or liked the stupid at the end. Is it to scold you for not keeping it simple? It just seems like it’s bolted on to make the acronym work.

You don’t need to fill in that last “s” in KISS. I like to make it even simpler and remove the bullying critical negativity: just KIS: Keep It Simple. (and also keep it kind.)

Keeping things simple can help us get over the inertia of starting something. Keeping things simple can also provide the clarity needed to assess the right direction to move in.

Action is the antidote to anxiety. Small steps in the right direction create momentum — small steps against the wind.

The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows — a wall against the wind.

Keeping things simple helps ensure your ladder is against the right wall.

There are many situations where we place our ladder on the wrong wall.

It could be thinking a set of actions is useful when they are going to make things worse.

It could be mixing magical thinking for sound thinking.

It doesn’t matter how hard you’re striving if you are going in the wrong direction.

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not have been done at all.

Peter Drucker

You have to put the ladder on the right wall.

Don’t exacerbate situations by climbing the wrong wall faster. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.





Get clarity.

Put your ladder on the right wall before you climb.

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John Cousins
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