If something is identified as a sequence you cannot skip any steps.
Unless… you go back and call it something else.
A sequence is a set of items connected in order. For example, once you decide on a sequence of steps you will take to arrive at Location X – you must follow the steps in order, right? You can’t jump steps.
If the sequence was to go 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9, then you have to stop being lazy, stop making excuses and do each of the steps.
The steps can be passed through quickly – but they cannot be skipped.
But what if I’m resourceful and ingenius and found all the shortcuts? What if I could go straight to 3 and then to 6 and then to the end?
Well then your sequence would be 1 – 3 – 6 – 9 to begin with. And you just identified it.
So I will repeat: once you’ve identified your sequence, do the steps. Either do the steps (1 – 3 – 6 – 9 ) or waste more time trying to shorten it. And if you notice, that slope is really slippery.
Because once you get stuck in a perpetual cycle of trying to shorten a sequence instead of actually moving towards Location X, then the next logical questions are :
- Why not just do step 1 and then step 9?
- Why not just do step 1?
- Why not just start at 9?
- Why go anywhere at all?