I’ve hit a wall.
I’m doing a project where I have identified the goal but am lost in terms of where to begin its execution. I’ve made the draft and written concepts and has partially completed the project design. Or something…whatever you may call it.
But I’m lost.
And am trying to retrace my steps slowly by identifying factors and returning to the reasons “WHY” I’ve decided to accept this challenge.
And it helped…but not enough to push me forward. And so here I am fiddling with the keyboard hoping for a strike of genius to smack me straight in my face.
Sometimes, when I am too buried in the things I do, I get lost in the swarm of information I receive that I sometimes lose my ability to interpret them. When one is overwhelmed, one can only be at awe…and sometimes…being at awe for a long time makes me just do that, be in awe. Wide eyed…open-mouthed…and probably salivating.
When this happens, I remind myself of Boyd’s OODA loop.
Introduced by a friend years ago, I’ve managed to clasp on it until it consumed me. But this does not mean I’ve reached the depth of Boyd’s “drestroy and create” philosophy where I can chew on his words without blinking. Nope — I’m still struggling. Still trying to learn the meaning of his words and still trying to engage such practice in my reality.
Me struggling, and struggling some more to understand Boyd’s strat ironically gives me a breather. It reminds me to step back and to re-orient myself correctly. It screams at me that I might be worrying over the wrong thing. It scolds me that my decisions may not be valid because my observation is at fault.
The project material that seem impossible to understand is now being read with fresh eyes. Things suddenly make sense.
Concepts emerge from the once invisible underlying pattern.
I’ve ceased to become a paralyzed idiot because of the material’s impressive qualities…but it doesn’t mean that surprises stop there.
What do I mean?
It all goes back to the frame of mind.
That solutions are not the best answers available but rather, solutions are the RIGHT answers to the problem at hand. And you can only get to the right answers when you begin with the correct questions.
In questioning wrongly, even the best answers will render useless. But correct questions can only be asked if you are not afraid to destroy pre-conceived notions and structures. And this does not only apply to the material at hand. It applies to our orientation. And our orientation shape our observations. That’s why conventional thinking often leads to conventional reasoning.
For example, there are many ways to get a five.
Instantly our orientation would suggest the conventional thinking 4+1 and 2+3.
But isn’t 1+1+1+1+1 a 5 ? or 2+1+1+1 = 5 ?
The addition need not consist of 2 whole numbers only, right?
isn’t 2.5 + 2.5 = 5 or 2 1/5 + 2 1/5 = 5 ?
an example that it need not be only whole numbers too.
and the equation is not necessarily addition alone as 15-10 = 5
The mind has to broaden its perspective for it to adapt. Yes, it will be difficult. Yes, it will make you cry sometimes in frustration. Yes, you will have to understand your way of thinking first before you can scrutinize other brains and the treasure it beholds. To readily reject things you cannot understand may be the worst thing you can do to impede your growth. Not only in the aspect of work and projects but as a person.
A person who cannot adapt in the constant changes of the world is a person whose mind is not willing to understand. He will be most likely to get stuck… and his knowledge, once proven effective, may become obsolete in the process unless he learns to integrate it in the new system of the “present”.
He will be most likely to be scared of changes because it meant destruction of his conventional frame. In the end, he gets disengaged in the present reality, his decisions ineffective, and his actions useless.
And this is because his mind, in its unwillingness to understand, has underestimated (or may not be aware of) the complexities involved. And many people have been killed because of this arrogance.
To underestimate immediately is to be misled.
To be misled puts one in a disadvantage.
To be in such position would most likely bring you failure.
So when you’ve come to a conclusion that seems to be different from the usual, remind yourself that a unique concept will always be radical. It will not always be accepted because it will most likely go against the norm. No, you are not rejecting the “norm”…actually, it is a good place to start. It can be a point of reference.
But the norm is not always what it seems.
The norm can be very deceiving.
Like the OODA loop not really being a loop to begin with.