I DON’T LIKE THE UNKNOWN. At all!
I like things in their place, change isn’t always my favorite (I would probably STILL be using my old brick phone if possible!) and familiar is veeeeery comfortable.
While you may not share in these sentiments, there’s an underlying concept here that I believe to be universally true. That which is easily identified and provides a sense of certainty is easier to manage than that which is not.
The unknown is hard to grasp; it’s daunting and intimidating. For an adventure seeker on a wild expedition, the mystery of the challenge is the heart stopping stuff dreams are made of, BUT when you’re trying to solve a life problem, the mystery of the challenge certainly isn’t as appealing!
Tackling the unknown can be incredibly frustrating and efforts can feel futile.
Think of how you feel when you’re working through a situation you don’t understand or it ‘just doesn’t make sense’. Those are the bang your head against the wall moments (hopefully not literally!), and the times when you cycle a situation through your head continuously, so fast and furiously, that you feel like your brain is going to explode.
The solution? Get familiar with the problem and you’ll become more comfortable trying to solve it. Take the mystery away. The closer you get to something, the less intimidating it becomes.
So how do you cozy up to a problem?
Make an intentional effort to Define, Dissect and Decide.
We often get so wrapped up and fixated on the problem itself that we fail to implement the tools in our arsenal which can actually do something about it. Here are 3 simple steps which will take you from the brink of insanity to a problem solving pro in no time at all:
- Define the problem – What’s REALLY at the heart of the matter? Remove the fluff…the emotions…the distracting superfluous elements.
- Dissect the issue – Now that you have the facts, determine what is or isn’t within your control? What does God say on the matter?
- Make a decision – There’s a time and place to pull the trigger of action. When you’ve arrived at the most positive solution possible, make it happen. Don’t delay, even if it’s just simply the lesser of two evils.
Whether your dilemma is a minor daily battle or a potentially life changing predicament, try these simple steps. You might be surprised how quickly you can arrive at an effective solution when you methodically get to the heart of the matter.
Lindon & I have put together a simple one page problem solving tool we call the ‘Action Plan Template’. It’s a resource available on our ‘Free Gifts’ page. Click HERE.
Are you working through an issue screaming for clarity? Need a hand managing the situation and problem solving? Give our template a try! We pray that it will be a blessing to you. Post a comment and let us know how it worked. We always appreciate feedback and insight!