I’m most comfortable using a fork to eat pasta. I am quite skilled at using a fork. Therefore, I should use a fork to chop down the tree in my backyard.
One of the most devilish problems I’ve encountered in my life is that of unknown unknowns. When I’m facing a problem I want solved, I tend to rely on familiar tools. If I know better tools exist and I have time to learn, I invest the time in education.
But I don’t know what tools I don’t know. When I don’t know if better tools exist and simply use the tools I’m familiar with, I often end up hobbling myself by trying to cut down a tree with a fork.
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of self reflection: therapy, journaling, talking with friends. In the process, I’ve realized there’s a severe limitation in all of these tactics.
In having a conversation, in reading or writing sentences, you comprehend one word at a time in a linear order. However, the process of introspection isn't so simple.