Things That Are Deceptively Simple, But Incredibly Powerful

Robin Sacks
5 min readMar 30, 2021
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

One of the reasons people don’t stick with things they start, even when those things are guaranteed to improve their lives, is that they think it needs to be harder and more complicated than it really is.

Part of the problem is that when things have been marketed to us as “easy” and “simple,” there’s usually so much more to it — we have been deceived, or only given part of the story, and so we believe that things are always more difficult than they are thought to be.

That’s not always true.

The other problem is that we have been told countless times that “change is hard,” and that makes us believe that it take so much time and energy that we give up quickly when we don’t see immediate results. We get impatient.

You’ve been lied to (and you believed it).

More often than not, change is not hard and doesn’t take a lot of time. What IS hard and takes a lot of time is thinking about changing and talking about changing. Those things are exhausting when you just run them on a loop without taking any action to accompany them.

In reality, the moment you commit to a decision, you have already changed. Now, it’s just a matter of taking some action to move in that direction.

There are so many things that you can do with little time and little energy that will make a big, positive impact in your life (and make change easier and faster). But many don’t do them because they believe they are “too simple” to make an impact. Here is a list that can get you started with some little, simple things that will make a huge impact on your life (if you do them consistently).

Take One Breath

The difference between feeling stressed and feeling more in control is often just a breath away. Think about it, when someone else is stressing, what do you tell them to do? “Take a deep breath,” you tell them.


Because one deep breath is all it takes to tell your brain that it’s not in danger. One deep breath tells your brain it can begin to retreat from ‘fight or flight’ (or stop the ‘fight or flight’ response before it begins). One deep breath begins to change your physiology instantly in a good way.



Robin Sacks

I speak, coach, and write about confidence, self-talk, and stress management. I also live for cozy mysteries and bad (read: good) puns.