Your Thing is easy. I’ll say that again: Your Thing is easy FOR YOU. That’s the key point I want to make–it’s not that your Thing is easy for everyone, it’s not that everyone sees the world the way you see it, can solve a problem the way that you do, or work the way you do. But your Thing is easy for you.
When you easily ‘see’ what to do next, or how to solve a problem without really having to ‘think about it’, that’s your Thing. When you simply know or do what needs to happen and it’s not a complicated drawn out process for you–that’s your Thing. When you can comment almost by reflex, or understand something right away, that’s when you know you’re working with your Thing.
That’s not to say you’ve not worked really hard to make it this easy... perhaps you’ve studied for years (consciously or you’ve simply been ‘paying attention’), but you now find your Thing super-easy. You can’t help but read about it, notice it, practice it, do it all the time–it’s your Thing, it’s what you do.
So, having reminded you your Thing is easy for you, don’t try and make it difficult! This is something I spend plenty of time on... reminding people that their Thing is THEIR Thing and it might look simple to them, but that’s not the perception of everyone else. We are so used to doing things that are hard that often we have an urge to make our Thing way more complicated than it needs to be.
You don’t need to write a 1000-page epic about your Thing if you can distil the instructions or information onto 1 page–great! If you can explain what to do next in 2 minutes, don’t take a day... you get the idea. Because what we (the people who don’t find your Thing as easy as you do) want is that simplicity–we want to pay for your ‘easy’. We are probably already making it hard enough or super-complicated, so the last thing we want from you–the expert in your Thing–is more hard work and complications.
So when you work out your Thing and think "Is that it?", good news: you’ve made it brilliantly simple. If you start to think "Hmmm, I think I’ll just add a bit of...": don’t! (unless it really does improve your Thing or make it even easier!)
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