The Future Is Bright. Focus On Solutions.
Despite all the gloom and doom we constantly hear in the daily news, the future is bright.
Regardless of what we may believe about global politics, national politics, local politics and struggling economies on all geographic scales, it is of little use to focus on gloom and doom.
What I learned at a young age, by virtue of some great mentors and just paying attention to what was going on in the world, is that no matter how horribly the media and my fellow human beings paint the scenario, it is hardly ever that bad for someone who is willing and able to be resourceful.
At the end of the day, even if, for example, some other country is going to take over as the dominant global economic and political powerhouse, or some competitive multinational business is coming into our neighborhood, what good does it do for us to freeze up in fear? This is not useful. Freezing up gets you nowhere. The question is: what action are you going to take to mitigate the risk or to move in another direction?
I have found that those who are constantly talking about problems or potential problems, most likely are not doing anything about them. Somehow they find it safer and more comforting to commiserate with other people who are doing the same thing, rather than spending their energy assessing their options and taking action. This mindset defect applies to countries, to companies, to non-profit organizations, to individuals, even collectively to the human race.
Here are some simple steps for avoiding paralysis due to the fear and uncertainty caused by problems you may not completely understand.
Step 1: Understand the problem as best you can.
Note that I said “as best you can”. Don’t analyze the problem to the nano-detail, unless it’s a problem that requires that kind of precision.
Step 2: Determine the magnitude of the problem.
Figure out whether the problem is “life-threatening” or something relatively minor. It amazes me how often I see people fretting over problems that cannot have any major impact on them and ignoring those which can have significant consequences.
Step 3: Focus on solutions.
Once you’ve figured out the magnitude of the problem, don’t obsess over it; just focus on solutions. As soon as you understand what the problem is about, unless it’s highly dynamic, it makes no sense to pay further close attention to it; rather, you should move to focusing your energy on potential solutions.
Step 4: Take action.
Once you have determined potential solutions, it’s time to take action. Don’t fall victim of paralysis by analysis. In the beginning of the process, the enemies were fear and uncertainty. The enemy now is over-analysis, which itself is largely a result of fear and uncertainty. Now is not the time for further analysis; it is time to take action and pay close attention to the results your actions are achieving.
Step 5: Continually adjust your actions based on the results you achieve.
If you are paying attention, you will receive feedback on the results of your actions. Based on this feedback you should continue to adjust your actions until the problem is successfully mitigated or completely solved. The key here is not to stop until you get the result you are seeking. Perseverance plays a key role in overcoming all difficult challenges.
The future is bright, as long as you don’t get caught up in focusing on gloom and doom and problems. Take all information into account, but make sure that your focus is on finding potential solutions, taking action, and adjusting your actions based on the feedback you receive. Then, don’t stop until you reach your objective.
I look forward to your thoughts and questions. Please leave a comment (“response”) below or in the upper right corner of this post.
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