Solving Problems More Effectively

If you have been struggling with a problem and want the best shot at solving it or at least making it less of a problem, you will do better following these steps:

  1. Ask “what is the problem”. Often, we set out to solve something that is not the real problem.
  2. What are the causes of the problem? Make a long list without passing judgment.
  3. What are all the possible solutionsyou can think of? No solution is too wild, far out or inappropriate during this brainstorming stage.
  4. Choose the best solution from #3 above. Sometimes it will be two possible solutions rolled into one.
  5. Devise an action planto put your best solution to work.
  6. Set a date to review your progress.

These specific steps help guarantee that you have a disciplined approach to solving the problem that has been gnawing at you.

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Reversing the Fear of Failure

It’s all backwards.

It’s not the fear of failing that is holding us back.

The fear of succeeding is what hampers us.

Fear of starting a new relationship and having to make it work. 

Worry about looking for or starting a new job – can I handle it? Will they like me? 

Fear of making friends because they will eventually discover who I really am. 

Fear of something new even what I like is old and comfortable. 

The fear of succeeding paralyzes us, contributes to bad decisions and robs us of all that we could have if we would do just one thing.

Change the way we look at fear of failure and embrace the courage it takes to confront how we feel about success.

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Overcoming Email Addiction

Digital life is one big refresh.

Even if we get bad news by constantly checking email or text messages, we assume something different – maybe better – will happen when the next one alerts us.

It’s actually the opposite.

Email delivered whenever it arrives is like the mail carrier coming back to your house all day and all night to drop off one more message that he/she didn’t deliver the last time.

To gain control of email and become more productive and, more importantly, less stressed, treat checking email like making a scheduled phone call.

Don’t even look when you’re notified. 

Schedule a time to check and then and only then, check the mail. 

You decide on how many times and at what part of the day you want to “schedule” an email check based on your work, your energy level and other things you need to do. 

Then, divide emails into two categories – the one’s you can answer quickly and the ones that need further thought.  Then schedule it for a later response. 

Put a hold on immediate email notifications.

Stress and anxiety are big issues in our lives today.  One way to make a dent in stressors is to take control of the great interrupter called email by using these hints to stop the addiction. 

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The Awesome Quality of a Real Leader

Why do we tend to think of leaders as being cheerleaders – loud, strong-willed, imposing figures?

The awesome quality of a real leader is the exact opposite.

Instill calm and build confidence in those around them.

Proud not loud.

Reassuring not rescuing.

Whenever a team works, a real leader is building confidence and keeping everyone focused.

Where a family works, the parents are constantly reassuring children of their ability to deal with life’s ups and downs and not protecting them from it.

A leader is one who succeeds by believing not cheerleading.

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Believing in Yourself

You can’t expect to outsource self-confidence by looking for it elsewhere.

It starts from within.

Most of us spend a lifetime learning how to doubt ourselves and when we look to others for the confidence we don’t have, it doesn’t work.

Believe in you.

Never look to others for that which you don’t have.

Erase a lifetime of doubt by retraining your brain to believe in you. 

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