Good Morning: Stick-to-it-iveness – Do You Have It?

“It’s not that I’m so smart , it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
~Albert Einstein

Good morning,
When I saw this quote, I immediately wondered if perhaps, that is the definition of “smart” – staying with the problem until the answer is found. Maybe many of us who “look smart” don’t necessarily grasp things more quickly, or have a natural knack, but have persistence and perseverance. I love that Einstein, one of the greatest minds of all time, was the one credited with this statement.
Although I am far from Einstein, I could relate to this quote. Many people have asked how I have overcome certain obstacles or  created certain processes. It certainly wasn’t a stroke of genius or brilliance or a light bulb flash above my head. But it was “staying with the problem longer.” I know inherently that every problem must have a solution. Our commitment to discovering that solution is what makes the difference.
As we learn to problem solve, our problem-solving skills develop and become stronger. The only thought-pattern required to implementing positive problem-solving skills in your own life is a curious mind and the belief that each problem must have a solution.
Your Turn:
Work on increasing your problem-solving skills. Instead of shrinking away from a challenge or problem, realize that each challenge or problem does have a solution – become a detective with the aim of uncovering it. Some solutions can be discovered in a day, some may take months – but the solutions are there. Try writing down a problem you are facing. Then ask yourself questions to begin exploring solutions. Some questions you might try include:

  • How did this problem come into being?
  • Who do I know that might be able to give me ideas or strategies for solving this problem?
  • What would the answer/solution look like?
  • What steps are needed to get that answer or solution?
  • What role did I play in the creation of this problem and if I reversed my actions/thought patterns, would that impact a solution?
  • What are 5 crazy solutions I can dream up?
(Brainstorming quick lists –no matter how outrageous– helps us
become creative in our approach and solution focused.
Your Affirmation:
For every challenge or problem, I know there is a solution. I also
know that I can find it.

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And as always, don’t forget to start your day with a heartfelt: “Something great is going to happen today… I can’t wait to see what it is!”

And when ending your day ask yourself: “What is one more thing I can do to make today matter?

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