All things to All People
When attempting to explain something I have often had the tendency to try and cover all bases. On inspection, this thinking process stems from a belief that a good argument is a water tight argument. I believed that all the permutations needed an explanation in order for the argument to hold up to scrutiny. In hindsight I now see this process as being largely inefficient and ineffective. Attempting to cover all bases is akin to trying to please everyone and having the result of pleasing nobody. Energy isn’t focused on any one single point of penetration, therefore little or no progress is made. It's like scaling the castle walls on numerous fronts when all that time the drawbridge is wide open.
The Precision Master Key
Precision always beats speed, it was through precision that I began to see the alternative route. Precise words accomplish more with fewer words. Instead of adding wordy levels of distraction, the precise word leaves the reader with little doubt as to what the solution is. A precise solution leads in a single direction whereas the overthought speedy argument often gets lost in a maze of counter arguments.
Ignore the distraction
In my heart I know that the effective path is precision. However, in the heat of battle, my brain loses sight of this singular truth. In mid sentence my brain whispers to me that I need to cover this base, or counter the perception from over there. Sometimes I cave in but more and more I don’t. The progress lies in the fact that the choice is in my current level of awareness.
Did this blog post help you? Can you think of an area where precision would help you? Would you like to have a clearer head? If you have any insights, questions or recommendations feel free to leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.