Our mind, in trying to understand the world and keeping things simple, often misses the nuances in life. The results of our efforts are only partially effective, but not enough to solve the task at hand.
The truth is that a major breakthrough may take much more work, effort and assistance than people may realize, and may even take a little bit of craziness.
This is what I call the “kitchen sink method.” Here, you drop all your expectations and you see anything that you try as potentially a drop in the bucket. By throwing a huge combination of strategies into the battle, some that are big and some that are small, when done right, you will inevitably end up with some type of result.
Even if some of the things you try are completely ineffective, they will be surrounded by what does work and you will eventually have a full bucket.
Let us take the example of someone who wants to become an effective speaker. Many people would rightly give the advice of joining a local toastmasters group. That sounds like a pretty logical idea, given the fact that toastmasters is the most well-known speaking organization in the world. While there is no doubt that it will be a great jumpstart, it may not be all that’s needed.
To attack the issue from all sides, the following steps may be taken. In addition to joining the local toastmasters, joining a second, perhaps larger toastmasters group, hiring a speech coach for one-on-one coaching, personally working on cultivating mindfulness and presence through regular daily meditation sessions, and enrolling in an improv comedy workshop to improve spontaneity and to add humor to speeches.
It goes without saying that to maximize the chances that each strategic attempt has a positive effect on achieving the goals in mind, hard work, patience and resilience are all needed.
Further, the above example doesn’t exhaust all the weapons at hand that could be used. Research and networking could yield many new ideas.
When all is said and done, whether fully, or only partially successful, one could always say that they gave it their best efforts by throwing everything in but the kitchen sink.