3 Common Problems Prevent Getting Things Done

Is it too simplistic to say that 3 common problems prevent you from getting things done? I don't think so. I believe it is reality.

In my life and in the years of working with people and companies, these 3 common problems show up every time! Yes, there are more problems than just these 3, but these 3 capture the essence of the struggle.

  • - RUDDERLESS
  • - BLIND
  • - UNFOCUSED
3 Common Problems Prevent Getting Things Done

Rudderless

The first of the 3 common problems is you are RUDDERLESS. That simply means you lack clarity about purpose, strategy, and goals. You aren't clear about where you are going. You are like the anecdote, "What is the difference between a ship without rudder and a captain without a charted course? Nothing." Both will go somewhere driven by the currents, wind and tide of the day. IS THAT YOU?

As I work with people, most think they know how to create goals. Actually, my speculation is 95% of people do not know how to create clear goals.

Time to get clear about what you want to create or achieve!

Blind

Or, you are BLIND. That means you are not in touch with reality, "how things really are". The actual state of your life or the organization is unclear. Of the 3 common problems, this one is invisible to most people.

The Biggest FLAW in most planning or goal setting occurs when you are not CLEAR about HERE. You are blind about your current reality, your resources, problems, strengths, or opportunities.

You obviously understand your basic situation, but you do not take the time to get clear. That leaves you blind! You have assumptions about where you are rather than clear facts. It is like the difference between an editorial that has opinions and some objective research based on factual evidence.

When you are unclear about current reality, you fall into two traps. You believe things are BETTER than they really are or things are WORSE than they really are. You are subjective, not objective about life. That results in an editorial, estimate, guess, or speculation rather than reality.

This problem is huge, because you waste time creating actions to take when you don't know where you are. Of the 3 problems, this one is often the most difficult to solve, because we love to speculate.

Unfocused

Finally, UNFOCUSED is the result of the lack of clarity from the first two. When you don't have a clear end result or clear current reality, it is very hard to focus. Your days, weeks, and months are filled with inconsistent and uncoordinated actions. 

You do lots of stuff! You are VERY BUSY, but you are constantly "fighting brush fires". So, there is little to show for your work and effort.

SOLUTION

So, what is the solution? It is the creative process which we call THP (THERE, HERE, PATH)!

  • THERE (Future) — “I want to go THERE”
  • HERE (Present) — “…but, I am HERE”
  • PATH (Transition) — “That looks like the PATH I could take.”

THP is our adaptation of what Robert Fritz teaches. The creative process has been around for thousands of years. It is the foundation of how things are created. Your brain is actually wired to follow THP, but few people are disciplined to do it that way.

Abraham Lincoln understood the profound nature of THERE-HERE-PATH, because he said...

If we could first know there we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.

So, it is time to remove all 3 common problems that prevent you from getting things done.

Determine your THERE (where you want to go), assess your HERE (where you are), and then develop clear actions to move you along the PATH (how I can get to THERE from HERE). And, when on the PATH always use ALA (Act - Learn - Adjust).

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