Should it be this hard?

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If you’re finding something is really difficult to do*, that’s usually a symptom of a UFP. What’s a UFP? An unidentified frickin’ problem.

Here are what typically makes something extraordinarily hard – a UFP

  1. you’re using the wrong system (could be the wrong software, or wrong meeting schedule, to name two examples)
  2. you need to upgrade your knowledge and/or skills (ouch! – I know!)
  3. you have a mental block — a belief that makes this thing harder for you than most people, or
  4. you’re doing the wrong thing. For example, if the thing you’re currently working on is a distraction from what you should be working on, well, it might feel like you’re running through mud.

The only exception is this: you’re doing something that’s supposed to be difficult. Getting a degree while working full-time. Becoming an expert at anything. Writing a book. Running a marathon. These aren’t problems. They may be difficult, but it will be a healthy, satisfying kind of difficult.

Let’s get specific. Say you want to write an article which is published in a magazine, newspaper or professional journal. If you’ve never done it before, there will likely be hurdles.

Considering item 2 above: What do you need to know to pitch an editor? Are your writing and formatting skills up to par — and, if not — what are your options?

Considering item 4 above: What’s the reason you are writing the article? If it’s to help your business, where should it appear? Is it the smartest use of your time, energy, and talents?

The way to make things easier is to first figure out the yet-unidentified (frickin’) problem.

May seem obvious, but fixing an unidentified problem
Well, THAT’S darn difficult.

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Marilee Driscoll

Writer/published author/awarded poet. Meditator. Gardener. Badminton, running. Consultant/coach/biz owner/keynote speaker by trade.