Filling the Gap

This is where the input and output states are analysed and a plan created to make the output state happen.

Filling the Gap

A Plan is Not Always Required?

Sometimes the path from the current state to the goal can be as simple as grabbing a glass, filling it with water and drinking it. The original problem? - How do I satisfy my thirst? This is so simple that we do not apply much thought to it because it is a habit. Habitual thinking is the result of mastering an skill. Having the self-discipline to do something for a month is enough to make it habit.


Some problems are new to you, but similar to others that you currently have no problem solving it. You think a little differently, use analogies, and experiment a little. This is adaptive reasoning (adaptive thinking).

When Is a Plan Required?

Problems get more and more complex until a point occurs where you cannot instantly form a solution in your mind. You try all the tricks you know and you do what you think is right, but it does not work. You may also just be able to look straight at the problem and know you cannot solve it. At this point in time you have a number of choices;

These options are your right to choose, but bear in mind that nothing will be solved if you don't make an effort and the problem will remain. Experience will teach you that a problem left on your mind distracts and may eventually affect you in ways you may not want. Constant problem solving leads to high self-esteem so think carefully about your decisions.


If you do perform a cost-benefit analysis then consider not only financial factors as part of the work but your time, happiness, and relationships which also need to be considered when making a decision.