This is the fourth entry in the mini-series How to Make Things Work; the third step in the path of understanding, which in turn is the first of three acts in your play to make things work.
Whether you have been tasked as a troubleshooter on the job or are grappling with some knots in a relationship, at this point in the process of making “it” work, if you have taken the time to immerse yourself in the situation and examine your surroundings, then you’ve already spent a significant amount of time on the undertaking. However, also at this point, there’s not much to show for it. Now it’s time to make sure it’s not all for naught.
Assimilate is the third and final step toward achieving understanding and as an action, it is twofold: (1) take in [information] and understand fully, and (2 [then] absorb and integrate that understanding into something wider.
Immersion, the first step, allowed you to understand everything all together. The second step, examination, allowed you to grasp the significance of each of the everything’s parts. In this last step, you assimilate everything into a singular understanding, and reassemble the parts into something greater than the original sum.
To assimilate, you must internally contextualize and externally apply what you’ve learned, both simultaneously and within the context of your end game of making “it” work. This can be a challenge – it is often so for me. Though in theory it’s only a matter of connecting the dots and tying everything together, it’s difficult to pull back for big picture perspective after drilling down so deeply. As they say, it’s hard to see the forest through the trees.
The solution? Spring back to where you started and restart. Review what you’ve seen and look no further. Take the night off and in the morning, return to the point of departure: how do I make “it” work?
Articulate exactly what you have to make work. Ask yourself, what are the [given] objectives of my actions? Are they outlined and specific, or are they abstract and to be determined? Revisit the prompting questions of the preceding steps. Don’t look at your notes or preliminary answers. You know more than you think.
Most of all, trust that your efforts were worth your time. Understanding breeds effective action, bears viable solutions, and breathes sustainable success. I promise the effectiveness of your subsequent actions will make up for the time you took to understand.
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