Seth Godin is one of the few blogs I read on a daily basis. His message today about getting unstuck reminded me that I had stopped writing. I have let the tyranny of the urgent take over…and I violated the 1st rule of writing (“write something everyday”) that was shared with me by Matt Hayes when I began this blog. So, I’m pressing forward.
Seth said “The way to get unstuck is to start down the wrong path, right now. Step by step, page by page, interaction by interaction. As you start moving, you can’t help but improve, can’t help but incrementally find yourself getting back toward your north star. You might not end up with perfect, but it’s significantly more valuable than being stuck.”
That is exactly what happens in a project. When the outcomes and goals are unclear…and I begin to wait for clarity, then BOOM – I become stuck. So the way to get “unstuck” is to pick a target (nearly anything reasonable will do) and re-start the project. As I create momentum towards this arbitrary target, I begin to discover the REAL needs (and constraints) of those I am trying to serve.
As this happens, I adjust my goals and objectives to match what I’ve learned. Rather than “Ready, Aim, Fire” it is more like: Fire…Ready….Aim….
Thanks for listening.