By: Taurus Cornu
It’s important to take a step back and reflect on your present situation. There’s many people out there who are bombarding you with tips, tricks and various methods to do things in your life (us included). That being said, it’s very easy to be overwhelmed with too much information or worse, experience the dreaded “Analysis Paralysis” that keeps people rooted in a sense of insecurity and fear.
So today, I’m going to be sharing you my personal method of staying on track when it comes to completing goals.
Address — Confront The Issue
You have a problem. It needs to be handled. It’s as simple as that. Problems have various solutions and those solutions also have consequences to them. The ideal solution would be one that handles the problem in a way that causes less problems in the long run or rather, avoids unintended consequences down the road. No matter the problem, the first thing you must do is to confront the issue and see what you’re dealing with. Although it’s very easy to let emotions rush you to a solution, it’s important to keep a clear head when dealing with the problem at hand.
Problems are surprisingly easy to break down and understand. You can understand the problem by answering the six questions:
If you’re dealing with multiple problems, applying these six questions to them will allow you prioritize which issues requires solutions first and will prime your mind to the next step.
Here’s an example of a problem I dealt in the past:
- Ran out of milk.
- In my house.
- Because I forgot.
- I was distracted with work.
Formulate — Ruminate & Enumerate
Desperation is the mother of creativity and rumination is the father of desperation. Problems in the end are nothing but nagging thoughts taking up space in your mind. Naturally, you’re going to be thinking about them. A lot. But it’s important to use your rumination in a productive manner so that you clear your mind.
Remember those six questions? The thoughts you have for them will be used for creating solutions. For example:
- Me — Course, who else?
- Ran out of milk — Hm, there’s a grocery store nearby.
- In my house — Well, where else would my milk be?
- Today — Course. Had to be today.
- Because I forgot — Work was rather tedious… oof.
- I was distracted with work — Boss never shuts up.
What stands out to you. What thought helps you jog solutions? The grocery store being nearby. Obviously, the example is rather simple and childish but it’s a good exercise to follow. Writing them down on a note pad or piece of paper can give you a visual on possible solutions.
Fire — Find A Solution & Stick To It
The solution in my case is to go the grocery store that is nearby and buy milk. When should I do it? Depends on my situation. If I was an avid eater of cereal and make a religious commitment to eating my cereal every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner then buying milk is of the utmost importance to me and I should go immediately.
If I eat cereal sporadically (think once or twice a month) then I can go and buy milk tomorrow. The point of the matter is this. Whatever solution you choose to do you need to create a commitment to it and act on it. In my case, I’m not an avid eater of cereal, so I’ll buy my milk tomorrow.
Reacquire — Didn’t Work? Readjust & Fire
Complex problems may require several attempts at resolution. If a solution you tried didn’t work, you need to evaluate your options and pick the next best thing. You may need to repeat the process until a solution is found. Do note that sometimes, there’s simply no solution for a particular type of problem and in that case, focusing on coping and living with it would be the “solution” in that case (i.e. disability, romantic rejections, demotions, being fired etc.).
In my case, the grocery store ran out of milk when I went but the store manager told me they’ll be stocking milk on Friday. So Friday I went to buy milk and sure enough, managed to get it. Took two attempts but the issue has been resolved and I don’t have to worry about it.
And that’s how I solve my problems. Hope it solves yours.