When we Force Problem-Solving
Solving Problems Is EXCITING, INVIGORATING, STIMULATING and POWERFUL – if you let the problem get solved! But when we force problem-solving to keep us in our comfort zone, we can potentially limit the results.
AND THAT IS A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM!
BIG BLOCK TO PROBLEM-SOLVING
One of the biggest challenges we face in problem-solving is that we have a preconceived solution that we think…in our limited understanding of the possibilities, is the best solution. We force problem-solving.
So we push
We want the problem to resolved
in a way that creates the least discomfort for us– and in that we often limit the amazing possibilities that exist.
Two Ways To Solve a Problem
So there are two basic approaches to solving problems.
We can start with the end in mind.
With the end in mind mindset – we predetermine the outcome we want to achieve and apply the outcome to our present situation. So let’s think of it as the pre-determined outcome.
We could say it looks like this:
- I know I want to get to the number 8. If I have 164 oranges and I want only 8 – then how do I solve that problem? I have several applications but in essence, I need to get rid of 156 oranges.
- I want to pay the mortgage on the building this month. I am not interested in outcomes that make me have to move out in the middle of the night or face lawsuits, so I need to find the money and pay the bill.
- There is an opportunity to cash in on a merger and I have to find a convincing argument to persuade my potential business partner to accept the 10-year contract I have with a third party as part of the deal.
These are pre-determined outcomes that need us to find ways to achieve.
BUT WHAT IF?
It may be a long shot, but just what if, by chance, there were other outcomes that could be far better than our predetermined outcomes?
I am not suggesting there is anything wrong with the pre-determined outcomes! We need them. That is how we get the kids to school, get a PhD, retire with security, or get up in the morning on time for the first meeting.
We could play with innovative problem-solving sometimes. Or even toy with the idea that there might be other outcomes that we have never thought of – never imagined, but nonetheless, exist. What if we learned to allow our minds to consider such a thing?
What if every time you were looking at problem-solving, or even half the time, you allowed yourself a brief excursion into the unknown?
- Now What if unbeknownst to me there was a way to store oranges over the winter and the 156 oranges I am seeking to get rid of were just what I needed to keep us in Vitamin c for the winter? What if these very oranges could be sold for charity at $5 a pop and I could make my promised pledge to the children’s hospital from the oranges? etc…
- Consider What if this continued lack of funds is really the impetus to look for a more suitable building? What if just having the lack itself inspired me to ask my operations manager to begin investigating other properties? What if that very act connected us with a much more suitable property for less money or What if the new building offered us a chance to partner with a joint -venture that would increase annual revenue 27% in the first two years?
- And What if the merger didn’t happen and I faced really tough times with my business growth for 19 months…but built with the existing contracted partner until we sold for twice what I would have received in the merger? What if that meant my son could now join me in the business instead of moving to Idaho? What if I discovered that merger was not legit after all and had I pursued that course, I would have lost the business?
I think you are starting to get the idea.
Letting go of control, even for a short time, while you practice innovative learning and problem-solving, can open doors you have no idea even exist at the moment.
But it takes courage to let go. It takes courage not to force problem-solving.
And there are so many things you can do to practice.
That’s why I love teaching this stuff.
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