Friday, August 9, 2013

Iterative methodology is important for motivation and growth

The mind procrastinates as soon as it does not know where to go.
He might know what goal he is looking for, but if he does not know where to go, he will immediately start procrastinating or wait orders from someone else.

Asking yourself what is the "right way" is a sure way to fail, because when you don't know where to go, the "right way" does not exist.

To quote Alice in wonderland,
“Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked.
'Where do you want to go?' responded the Cheshire Cat.
'I don't know,' Alice answered.
'Then,' said the Cat, 'it doesn't matter.”

The best thing to do is : What is the simplest thing that I can do now that make me a little closer to my goal ?
Then iterating by asking : What's next ? What's next ? What's next ? What's next ? until you say "I reached my goal".

Sure such short sighted methodology to move on a project will not show you the shortest path from A to B. Your path will more likely be a zigzag, but this zigzag only exist in the eye of someone who knows better. This ZigZag is an invention of the mind of the one who knows a shortest path.

When reaching your goal, reflect on your actions, see your zigzag. It does not mean you have lost your time. On the contrary. It means you grew, you can see what you could not see before.

If you can't see the zigzag, it means you are the same as you were before. What is the purpose of the goal if you've not grown from it ?

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