It might seem like all this planning and formulating and evaluating is a lot of work and a waste of time, but by doing all this preparation you are saving a lot of time and effort in the long run.
Laozi pointed out that when a problem is difficult to recognize, it is easy to solve.
When it is easy to recognize, it is difficult to solve.
It’s easy to recognize when it is a big problem.
Since it is a big problem, it is difficult to deal with.
At this planning stage you want to recognize the problems, so you can change them now.
You want to foresee major difficulties and “nip ‘em in the bud.”
If trickling streams are not blocked they will
become great rivers.
If you don’t extinguish the smallest flames, what will you do about a great inferno?
If you do not eliminate the two-leaf sapling, how will you use your ax when the tree has grown?