a simple plan

In my previous post here I spoke about the “7 steps to be excellent at anything”, which I hope you found useful to achieve your goals.

The step I didn’t mention at the time and the one that is really is key to make sure you succeed is:

keep it simple…

In my experience, whether you are setting up a business, learning a new skill, doing a therapeutic or business intervention, or anything else, the people who succeed are the people who keep the plan simple and then work very hard at it. The people who are excellent at NLP are the ones who study the basics and get very good at them. Some of the best musicians I know do basic chord work every day for hours on end…

“it can’t be that easy?”

Often when you start something (and I am very, very guilty of this, so I speak from experience!) you think it must be complicated or hard to do, so you start to overcomplicate your plan, get it more and more detailed and harder and harder to achieve, until you are in such a mess you don’t know what you are doing or where to start.

This is when I apply what I like to call the “Ramsay Strategy”. Let me explain, do you ever watch “Kitchen Nightmares”, where the chief Gordon Ramsay goes into failing restaurants and shouts at them? Well, in every single episode I have seen, all the restaurants I have seen are doing exactly the same thing: Too much! They have overcomplicated menus, lavish seating arrangements, everything. The first thing Gordon (or Chef) Ramsay does is cut everything back to the bare minimum.

what absolutely has to be there?

To steal a quote from Michael Breen “we are not doing grand operatic interventions, we are not putting on a production of Aida with a choir of 50 elephants”, ask yourself “what absolutely has to be there for this process to work?”

the 80/20 rule

One of the most powerful principles of productivity is something known as the Perato Principle, which states “80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes”. Find what 20% is working for you and focus on that alone and cut out the 80% that isn’t yielding you the results you want.


When we want to achieve something we are often, understandably, anxious to get there, we have a tendency to rush and do too much at once time, this often means we don’t do anything properly and get overwhelmed.

Before you even start doing anything, you need to organise and priorities and do one thing at a time, until you complete it or are proficient at it. It may seem a bit dull, but you need to do it.

The reason most people fail to succeed is because they get bored, jump around and over-complicate things. Keep it simple, keep it focused, remain motivated and tenacious.


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