A quick thought on problems. “A problem well defined is a problem half solved,” Charles Kettering. At any given time, we think there are a million problems. Truth be told, that may well be the case. And we think we need to solve them all at once. We need to be the super hero, always on top of the situation and creating a better day, a better way, a better world. What we don’t often realize is that the problem we have isn’t the problem we’ve identified, or the problem that needs to be addressed. Knowing what the real issue is becomes key when we want to move forward. That’s why we repeat patterns as often as we do and why we keep diving deeper into the onion—there are SO many layers and until we really learn the lesson, we repeat. The same is said for identifying the real issue. Most of the time it’s how we look at the situation. There’s always another way out but if we get stuck on one facet of the issue, we limit what we are seeing. The ability to get to the root of the issue is key.
Now that we are in a new year, we may have a slew of “problems” we are trying to solve. I encourage you to reevaluate the thought process on that. Half of the problems we have aren’t really problems, it’s a matter of how we look at them or how we cope with them. If we are trying to achieve something, it’s not a problem it’s a goal, and if you’re looking at a goal as a problem to solve, then maybe that isn’t the right goal. We are trained to think that we are something that needs to be fixed when the reality is we live in a world that tells us we are wrong unless we are a certain way. What if we allow ourselves to simply be who we are and we work on changing that mindset?