Habit#19 Change The Way You Look At Things

52 Habits to Change My Life

Rebecca Scott
3 min readMay 31


Can’t see the forest for the trees!

Sometimes we complicated things too much. We want to look like we have it all under control and everything is easy for us. Yet we end up complicating everything to the point we are overwhelmed and heading in the wrong direction.

There are times when being the expert is a weakness. Trying to use complex language and skills so much that we miss a simple solution to a problem.

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When I hear the saying “can’t see the forest for the trees,” I think of the Mirkwood in the Hobbit. Where there is so much noise and confusion that you lose your way. Like in the Hobbit when they all start walking around in circles and becoming increasingly confused. Over thinking is like that.

The only way out is to get a less complicated picture. Like when Bilbo climbs a tree to the see the whole forest.

Why do we complicate things? Why do we load ourselves up with a never ending I need to know everything about a,b,c,d,e,f,g,…x,y,z before we will allow ourselves to set up a Shopify or Etsy store? Or before we will allow ourselves to publish our works online? We’ll complicate a problem to a very detailed level that we don’t know what to do. We come up with business plans that are so detailed that paperclips have a budget line.

A family member of mine did that. She managed a non-profit and would know the exact number of paper clips they would need for the year.

Sometimes the super-fine and detailed plans are needed. Other times it is the very thing that what weighs us down and stalls us from moving onwards.

I have done that. I have thought of new business and side-income ideas that I over complicated to the point the idea died. If I had of just started with what I have and only invested in the completely absolutely necessary items to start I probably would have a steady and increasing side income now.

I don’t think we complicate things because we want to have all the answers before we begin and we don’t know where to stop the backgroud planning work and just start building.

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Rebecca Scott

I’m a Labrador lover, learning addict, keep it simple activist, and a Canadian East Coast girl just trying to earn my Crazy Aunt Mug.