K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)

Not making things too complicated, simplicity

To be simple is to be great. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.  Albert Einstein

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.  Confucius

   Using the K.I.S.S. approach is highly desirable, particularly when you are working with others. In fact, the more people you work with, the better K.I.S.S. works. The intent is to keep the steps, instructions, communications, efforts, and everything rather simple. As complexity goes up, the possibilities of significant problems arising, always increases.

    The old adage states that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Projects are vulnerable to weak links; problems occurring whenever the steps or instructions leave room for doubt, misunderstanding, or confusion. It is important to keep everything as basic as possible. If success is dependent on everyone involved and all steps working perfectly, then the K.I.S.S. approach is a very important tool. It only takes one mistake sometimes to sink a whole project. It is critical to keep instructions, expectations, communications; anything and everything, simple and easy to follow. Anything left to chance, can lead to failure.

    The K.I.S.S. approach works very well on a personal basis as well. Our goals and aspirations can be rather grandiose and complicated. They can be so big and complex, that we allow procrastination to keep us from getting started. It may be far better to keep our personal projects small and simple. Big projects can be broken down into smaller projects. We build on our successes (completed steps). One completed small project sets the stage to start a second project or a second step of an even bigger project. The important thing is that we find and use methods that will tend to insure success rather than approaches that are subject to problems and difficulties.

   When we are dealing with ourselves it is important that we be honest with ourselves. We should plan, knowing what our strengths and weaknesses are. Using the K.I.S.S. approach takes into account as many things as possible in insuring that we succeed despite our best efforts to sabotage ourselves, procrastinate or make excuses. We should always be objective when we deal with ourselves. We should use our best management and leadership skills when we manage ourselves as well as anyone else. The path to self improvement and personal growth is a path that requires us to be objective, honest, an intelligent. We have to manage, counsel, lead, encourage, discipline; all the things necessary to help ourselves turn ourselves into that which we are capable of becoming. Remember to keep it simple.

Challenge:  Would you benefit by using K.I.S.S.? Learn to use it when working with other individuals, and even more importantly, learn to use it with yourself. Be adept and intelligent as you deal with yourself as well as with others. Think of a rather perplexing project or task; take the time to plan, break down the steps necessary, and complete the task using the K.I.S.S. approach. Add the valuable tool to your problem solving skills.  

Wisdom: Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  

Spiritual: (NIV):

He will teach you his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.  Isaiah 2:3

Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.  Proverbs 22:4

The fear of the Lord teaches man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.  Proverbs 15:33

We make life so much more complicated by trying to swim upstream. We make poor use of the talents and the abilities that God has given us. We try to do things in our own strength and as a result can only achieve minimal success against life’s tough issues. To greatly simply life we need to let go and let God. We need to have faith that God is control of the world in which we live. He is our Heavenly Father and offers us a much better life.

Prayer:  Help me to greatly simplify my life by having the assurance that you are in control of all things.


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