Everyone has challenges. The problem is not the problem, but the problem is the person confronting the problem. It starts with the person. The size of the person is more important than the size of the problems. Attitude is more important than fact. A problem is a fact, and your attitude is more important than the fact of the problem. It is not the fact that you lacked education, or you have been in this problem for so long. When it comes to the issue of solving problems, your attitude to the problem is more important than the fact of the problem. What do problems mean to you? No challenge comes your way that is not common to man.
You will have to see problems as common. Sometimes when you look at the fact of the situation, the tendency is to think that something has happened to you that has never happened to others before. This is not true. The moment you allow your problem to birth in you a negative attitude, a belief in impossibility, your mind would be shut to the solutions you need. There is something you can know about problems and challenges that throw you into celebration when you see them. Problems and trials produce solid positive attitude in you when you have the right perspective. Each challenge can leave you a bitter person or a better person.
There is a big difference between the person who has a big problem and the person who makes the problem big. Most people don’t have big problems; they only make their problems big. You need to change your perspective. Things are not usually as bad as they seem. Inside every adversity is the seed of a miracle. Problems exist to be solved. Outstanding people solve outstanding problems. Necessity is the mother of invention, so the saying goes. If human beings don’t have problems, how would our creativity be displayed? John C. Maxwell, a leadership expert, says, “your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.” Where will the situation leave you? Where will this challenge lead you? By the time you resolve the situation, who will you be?
To effectively solve problems, you need first to diagnose the problem. If you miss this step, you miss every other thing because if your diagnosis is wrong, your prescription will be wrong. To be able to diagnose the problem correctly, you need to identify what the problem is. Try and state what the exact problem is. It’s probably could be that customers are not coming, or sales are going down, or creditors are not paying, or there is not enough cash flow for daily operations.
The next step in diagnosing the problem is to list the possible causes of the problem. This is critical. If you could ask one or more people to join you in the process, it would be appropriate. In listing the causes, go beyond the symptoms to identify root causes. Some people treat just symptoms and not the root causes because, often, the root cause is in the psychology of your customers which is not so obvious. Then pick out the most important cause of the problem. It is advisable that you get other people involved in the process because you could waste a whole lot of resources. You could waste money, time, and energy doing things that have nothing to do with the real cause of the problem. Sometimes it is small faults that ground big vehicles. If something is going wrong with your business or company, it does unnecessarily have to be a complex problem, but the critical issue is that you must be able to identify what the problem is.
After diagnosing the problem, the next thing to do is to determine the level of importance of the problem. Efficiency is doing things right while effectiveness is doing the right things. In effectively solving problems, you need to focus on the important ones because solving a particular problem could result in the solving of others without your having to devote separate resources to them.
I believe that God is going to start with the greatest challenge in your life right now to move you ahead.
You will succeed!
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