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.
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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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,
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!