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.

So here is the problem….we want what we want, and we consider it a PROBLEM until we get what we want.Force 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 shove

We force

We demand

We insist

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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?

How would the problems look with the What If notion?force problem-solving

  1. 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…
  2. 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?
  3. 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 practice.

And there are so many things you can do to practice.

That’s why I love teaching this stuff.

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