The 3 Steps to Problem Solving

This is a 3fold process. Practice the following visualization to literally… put things into perspective.

Fold One
Think of the problem you are faced with, as a object you can rotate in you hand.
At first, it might appear spherical without corners and weak spots.
Keep rotating and observing and you will start seeing perspective lines; before you know it, the sphere will turn into a cube.

Fold Two
Examine all the angles and choose one the appears to be leading into a solution. This is a fairly easy step, it’s the one staring at you with a label ‘solution’ on it; don’t question it, just go with it.

Fold Three
This is the trickiest part
LOCK the cube in that direction and look ONLY at the solution.
Do NOT question your choice.
Do NOT rotate the cube again to re-examine other options (you have been there soooo many times!)

If you keep yourself on that path, you WILL reach the solution of your problem. In fact, you will be “living” the solution from the moment you decide to commit to that path.
Now the pits we all fall in trying to find and implement a solution to a life problem (fold respective):

Fold One We think there is no handle to our problem, (a solid sphere)

Fold Two We are intimidated by the problem so we expect the solution to be scary-complicated and unimplementable. 99% of the time is not, it’s the simplest one (staring at you). Make your move, pick that.

Fold Three We second-guess our choice before we even proceed to implementing the solution we picked. We re-examine already rejected alternatives and we end up consumed by the problem. This is THE highway to loosing sight of the solution

IMG_0278You cannot implement a solution if you are focused on the problem. It’s like trying to walk straight ahead while you are looking back. It is impossible you need to look where you want to go.

Stop looking at the problem, keep your eyes on the solution.

Trying VS Making

This might sound as a cliche but i feel many people confuse trying with making. I also feel the reason behind trying instead of making is more often than not… pure laziness.

A option-packed, easy-living world with instant fulfilment. This is the cage of our own making. We want options to try out, we want it as easy as it gets and we want results delivered immediately. The exact opposite features of any personal development endeavour.

From Siri to that new wifi coffee machine, the promise remains; fast, effortless, instant. Fast forward 40y from now to 2060, heck… even eating will be too much effort! A bio-energy feed will give us what we need while sleeping.

Of course, the point is not going back to fetching water from the well, it’s about acknowledging that some things STILL (and always WILL) need effort. And i don’t mean moving to a bigger house or getting the latest iphone; to quote Al Pacino “money is the easy thing”. The hard is to develop yourself in becoming more aware of self and others, to improving your situation management, showing patience, flexibility, forgiveness, compassion.

This is how the instant and effortless tryout lifestyle set us back:

• Patience? too much time; snapping is easier.

• Awareness? too tiring, oblivion is easier.

• Flexibility? ….impossible, too complicated, rather be rigid.

• Compassion? …naa, too much thinking and emoting.


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Point is there are many smart machines to tryout but only so few virtues in life. Trying them out the fast and easy way doesn’t work, you have to put some back to them for change to happen. And unlike the smart coffee maker, there is no “auto on” function, YOU have to light ’em up -every time!