March 26, 2021
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
One of the things I seem to be good at is procrastination. Of course it is a habit I should break. Delaying dealing with problems only makes them worse. Here is an abridged article on how to solve our problems. I am going to make its suggestions a priority tomorrow.
10 Steps to Solving Any Problem
by Brian Tracy and Colin Rose
1. Change your language from negative to positive. Instead of using the word “problem,” use the word “situation,” or call it a challenge or an opportunity.
2. Define your situation or difficulty clearly. What exactly is the challenge you are facing? What is causing you the stress and anxiety? What is causing you to worry? Why are you unhappy? Write it out clearly in detail.
3. Ask, “What else is the problem?” Don’t be satisfied with a superficial answer. Look for the root cause of the problem, rather than getting sidetracked by the symptom.
4. Ask yourself, “What are my minimum boundary conditions?” What must the solution accomplish? What would your ideal solution to this problem look like? Define your parameters clearly.
5. Pick the best solution by comparing your various possible solutions against your problem, on one hand, and your ideal solution, on the other. What is the best thing to do at this time under the circumstances?
6. Before you implement your decision, ask, “What’s the worst possible thing that can happen if this decision doesn’t work?” Before you make any expenditure of money or effort in trying to achieve your goal, you should evaluate what would happen if your decision were a complete failure.
7. Set measures on your decision. How will you define a success? Make it measurable, and then monitor it on a regular basis.
8. Accept complete responsibility for implementing the decision. Many of the most creative ideas never materialize because no one is specifically assigned the responsibility for carrying out the decision.
9. Set a deadline. A decision without a deadline is just a meaningless discussion.
10. Take action. The faster you move in the direction of your clearly defined goals, the more creative you will be, the more energy you will have, the more you will learn and the faster you will develop your capacity to achieve even more in the future.
“Problems are the gifts that make us dig out and figure out who we are, what we’re made for, and what we’re responsible to give back to life.”
TRAFFIC LIGHT — apparatus that automatically turns red when your car approaches.
DIVORCE — postgraduate in School of Love.
PIONEER — early American who was lucky enough to find his way out of the woods.
PEOPLE — some make things happen, some watch things happen, and the majority has no idea what’s happened.
SWIMMING POOL — a mob of people with water in it.
SELF-CONTROL — the ability to eat only one peanut.
SALESMAN — man with ability to convince wife she’d look fat in mink.
EGOCENTRIC — a person who believes he is everything you know you are.
FOREIGN FILM — any movie shown in Texas theater that isn’t a western.
OPTIMIST — girl who regards a bulge as a curve.
MAGAZINE — bunch of printed pages that tell you what’s coming in the next issue.
COLLEGE: The four-year period when parents are permitted access to the telephone.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS: Police station, fire department and places that deliver.
OPERA: When a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
BUFFET: A French word that means “Get up and get it yourself.”
BABY-SITTER: A teen-ager who must behave like an adult so that the adults who are out can behave like teen-agers.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
A mother was showing her son how to zip up his coat. “The secret,” she said, “is to get the left part of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up.”
The boy looked at her quizzically…”Why does it have to be a secret?”
I thought I had found the perfect date in the Personals when she said she liked country music, but what she failed to say was her country was Albania.
Three blondes died and found themselves standing before St. Peter. He told them that before they could enter the Kingdom, they had to tell him what Easter represented.
The first blonde said, “Easter is a holiday where they have a big feast and we give thanks and eat turkey.”
St. Peter said, “Noooooo,” and he banished her to Hell.
The second blonde said, “Easter is when we celebrate Jesus’ birth and exchange gifts.”
St. Peter said, “Noooooo,” and he banished her to Hell.
The third blonde said she knew what Easter was.
St. Peter said, “So, tell me.”
She said, ” Easter is a Christian holiday that coincides with the Jewish festival of Passover. Jesus was having Passover feast with His disciples when He was betrayed by Judas, and the Romans arrested Him. The Romans hung Him on the cross and eventually He died. Then they buried Him in a tomb behind a very large boulder…
St. Peter said, “Verrrrrry good.”
Then the blonde continued, “Now, every year the Jews roll away the boulder and Jesus comes out. If he sees his shadow, we have six more weeks of basketball.”
St. Peter fainted.
Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.
“Best way to escape from your problems is to solve them.”
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