It’s often said that very few people have clearly defined goals. I agree. And I also think that very few people are clear on what their problems actually are—the ones that stand in the way of those loosely defined goals. They might complain about what they perceive as the problem and they may even diligently work on solving it. But in my 35 plus years working with business owners and leaders, it’s rare to find that they have the problem clearly identified and unambiguously articulated.
Charles Kettering said, “A problem clearly stated is a problem half-solved.” The way we define the problem has a lot to do with how we approach the solution. Many times a re-definition will work wonders on opening new and different possibilities.
Working on solving a problem when it’s not really the problem will almost always create poor results. It might even be worse than doing nothing at all.
To get clear, we usually need to challenge our premises, drill deeper into what the problem is really about, and make sure we have it identified and properly and effectively defined it. Only then can we achieve elegant results.
An erroneous belief of and a misunderstanding of the actual problem is a large and very common situation. So is an unproductive attitude or belief. Captain Jack Sparrow, the lead character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, used the line, “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” Since he was a pirate, he most likely stole or paraphrased the line. But it does have some real truth in it.
We all have problems—some big, some small. And in most cases we must resolve them. In fact, that’s what we get paid to do. A business exists to provide for the needs and wants of its clients. It’s just another way of saying the business solves problems. As an employee, you’re paid to solve problems, too. But I’m guessing few people think of their jobs that way. And yet the better off you are at solving problems, the more value you bring to the marketplace.
So what are your biggest challenges? Are they truly the problems you think them to be? I would challenge you to question that. If you’ve been in a committed relationship for more than a few months, you’ve probably figured out that you rarely, if ever, fight about the things you think you’re fighting about. It’s almost always something deeper. And when you get to the real issue, it’s much easier to solve. It’s the same with understanding the real problem.
This idea of trying to solve wrongly defined problems and having erroneous beliefs and attitudes about them is a big subject indeed.
So on Tuesday, December 10th at 3 PM ET, I’m conducting a live training on how to identify, define and solve problems. It’s called Solving the REAL Problem.
I know you’ll find it helpful. And I’m confident it can make a big difference in helping you design, create and live your best life. In fact, I guarantee it.
And I’ll give all attendees who qualify something worth in excess of $500.
When you register, we’ll make sure you get access not only to the live webinar, but also the recording in case you’re not able to be on the call live.
See more here . . .