HOW TO DO ANYTHING
(THAT'S WORTH THE EFFORT)
tba, in process
THE SECRET FORMULA
Find out what is needed to accomplish the objective, including what others have done to succeed and what they had to learn, lay it out, and then...
Do it, one step at a time.
FIRST, WORDS OF WISDOM
"There will be no miracles. You've gotta do the work. (In this dimension anyway.)"
"Everything in the real world is mechanical. Every process how steps. Learn the steps (and how to do them) and follow the steps in the process (devising them first if not already done by an expert)."
"You can do anything anybody else has done if you just copy what they've done. In some cases, you may also have to learn at least some of what they have learned. In any event, don't reinvent the wheel - as it takes alot more time to reinvent than to just replicate."
I. Identify what it is that you want to do and the specific outcome(s) you want. (You've got to know the destination!)
II. Strategy/tactic generation: (Discovering what will be the components of "the path")
a. Generate and brainstorm ideas. (At top of sheet: "What Will Get Me There? What do I
b. Deconstruct (take apart to see the pieces/steps) what has succeeded or the steps
that are logical to take to get the results. List all major parts, in order of what
causes what or precedes what. Which are the most important to success?
III. What are "the ingredients": Determine what is needed
a. Knowledge/learning/skills, resources (coaches, experts, information resources, books,
IV. Mix the ingredients together in the right order (called "proper sequencing")
V. Follow the discovered right steps, which are written down
a. Learn what those steps are
1. Find the source that is reliable, google or ask via "degrees" of separation (ask
someone who then will recommend someone else with more expertise, repeat
until you reach the right source)
2. Learn how the item you want to do works
Use a qualified guide if possible, as it produces better work and better learning
Get more "distinctions" (i.e. distinguish details rather than the generalities)
3. Learn how to work it
4. Lay out the steps (a plan in the form of a plan or a path/procedure/checklist)
b. Try it, get feedback
1. Write down, analyze what happened.
2. Adjust written procedures for the feedback, after figuring out what is needed to
do to correct what was not working, including what needs to be learned!
3. Do V, above - just as a sports champion would do.
Learn how to hire somebody who is good at it and then hire them (if you can afford it)
Learn who is good at it and read what they've written, watch something they've done, get their help, ask them where to go.
Most people start off implementing a "plan", of sorts, with lots of missing pieces, as if somehow those will be filled in. But it is better to lay out the full sequence of steps that it takes (even if one of the steps is to "find out what else I need to do/know/learn). A thorough "procedure" can be one of the key determinants of success, such as Sam Carpenter discusses in Work The System (clue: you've got to determine what the system is in the first place and if the procedure is well done, you just have to follow it - that leads to a much simplified, more successful life. See Work The System, Work The Plan! And Your Life Will Work, Guaranteed!