How to Never Get What You Really WantDec 26, 2022
What do you want?
I mean, what do you really, really want?
That’s a wicked question (and wicked questions are hard to answer because the answer evolves as you move through randomness and time).
And how you move through randomness (AKA uncertainty) and time matters. It matters a lot.
I catch myself and the people I care about falling into a form over function approach.
Yeah, form over function is a “bass ackwards” approach.
And yet, because humans are additive creatures driven by the undisciplined pursuit of more, we often put form ahead of function.
But we forget that we pay a heavy complexity tax every time we add more.
Here’s the thing.
Function is the answer to questions like “What’s it for?”, “What do I want?”, “What outcome do I desire in this situation?”
Form speaks to the features and benefits of how you deliver the answer to those questions.
Every time you add a step, component, or task to your goal, you’re putting form ahead of function and creating a less efficient and effective system.
In other words, you’re actually conspiring against your success and moving further away from what you say you really, really want when you put form ahead of function.
If you want to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be, you must put function first and add only the essential steps to getting there to your plan.
Where are you putting form over function in your life?
Do those things matter?
If so, how can you invert and put function over form?
h/t Nic Peterson
Scott Perry, Encore Life Coach at The Art of Encore Living
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