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Have A Problem? SOLVE IT!



People often get overwhelmed by all of the problems they face. They just don’t know where to start. To help with that, we recently discussed an 259 ancient Chinese secret] for solving all of your problems.  It’s a simple two-step process:

  • Put all of your problems away into their own individual compartments.
  • Pull one problem out at a time when you’re ready to deal with it.

It makes things more manageable when you’re not looking at all of your problems all at once. But many people don’t know what to do once they pull the problem out. It’s a timeless process, but we’ve put our own spin on it to make it easier to remember.

SOLVE IT: The 7-step problem-solving process



Step 1 – Statement
State exactly what the problem is. Until you’ve defined your problem clearly, you can’t solve it!

Step 2 – Origin
Isolate the root cause of the problem. A lot of times, we stop at the symptoms of the problem. You have to find its point of origin or you won’t solve it!

Step 3 – List
Brainstorm for possible solutions. BRAINSTORM, don’t analyze. Get all of your ideas on paper so you can solve it!

Step 4 – Verify
Determine the pros and cons of each solution. You won’t know what’s best until you analyze it. Then you can solve it!

Step 5 – Eliminate
Get rid of all but the single best solution. You’ve done the research. Now go with what you believe is the best option so you can solve it!

Step 6 – Implement
Work your solution to make your solution work. You have to take action to solve it!

Step 7 – Test
You’ve established benchmarks so you know whether or not your solution is working. Check periodically against these benchmarks. Keep an eye on the problem to make sure that you solve it!

So the next time you have a problem – SOLVE IT! Isn’t that simple?

If you found this helpful, pass it on to your friends so they can SOLVE IT, too!

Our bigg quote today is by Voltaire, who said,

”No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.”

And that sustained thinking is most productive when you use an organized process. That’s how you can take any problem and SOLVE IT!

Next time, we’ll look at the fear that often holds people back from their dreams. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!


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Solve All Of Your Problems With This Ancient Chinese Secret

Today we’ll share a timeless principle for solving all of your problems that’s amazingly simple. But first, let’s discuss three ways that DON’T solve problems.

  • Ignore it and hope it will go away.
    Some people get overwhelmed by an abundance of problems. They don’t know where to begin solving them so they just don’t begin solving them. 

    Result: The problems usually just get bigger and bigger.

  • Use a knee-jerk reaction.
    Other people just jump to a solution. They don’t aim; they just fire. It may or may not be the right solution, but it doesn’t matter – they’ve got it off their plate.

    Result: They may end up with a bigger, more complex problem down-the-road.

  • Approach it willy-nilly.
    Still other people have no problem-solving process. They try a little of this and little of that. They don’t have any order so they don’t approach their most pressing problems in an orderly way.

    Result: The problems just keep piling up.

Noble endeavors
James Clavell wrote a great novel called Noble House. It inspired a mini-series in which Pierce Brosnan played the CEO of Struan’s. Struan’s was the Noble House, the most prestigious trading firm in Hong Kong.

He inherited a number of problems from his predecessor. Now, he has a severe shortage of cash. He’s overextended with his bank. His stock price is falling rapidly. He faces a raid on his company by an American businessman, who has inside information. His Hong Kong rival is trying to bury him. The founder of Struan’s had made a promise to the locals that he must fulfill.

His world is crashing in around him! It seems that everybody wants something from him. Yet few are willing to give him any help.

In the end, he managed to overcome all the odds and Struan’s remained the Noble House. How did he do it?

By looking at his problems the Chinese way. It’s a simple, two-step process to solve all of your problems:

  • Put all of your problems into their individual compartments.

    Picture yourself at your bank. You’re in the safe deposit area. You see box after box after box.

    Take each problem and put it in its own box. You may group similar problems together, but each one should have its very own box. That will be very important for the second step.

    Put them away to de-clutter your mind. Because if you try to solve all of them, you end up solving none of them. So this first step is very important!

    Not to mention, there are new problems surfacing all the time. Just keep putting them away so you’re ready for the second step.

  • Pull one problem out at a time when, and only when, you’re ready and able to deal with it.

    Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But how do you determine what problem to pull out? It’s a matter of timing – do you have the resources available? Do you have the time, the money, and any other required resources? If not, keep it tucked away.

    So when you open up the compartment, do you keep it open until it’s completely solved? Not necessarily! You may pull it out, do as much as you can and then put it back and pull out another one. Keep repeating until all your problems are solved!

    A lot of people never look at their problems this way. There’s a real calming effect when you do, because you don’t have all of your problems staring at you all at once!

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But Shhhh … it’s still a secret!

Next week, we’ll expand on this subject by sharing a problem-solving process we call SOLVE IT.

For our bigg quote today, we thought it only appropriate to consult with Confucius, who said,

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

Even when complications arise, keep it simple and SOLVE IT!

Next time, we’ll offer some advice that’s not for the faint-of-heart. Consider yourself warned! We’ll discuss a common perception that keeps many people from succeeding bigg! Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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