One of the most common, I would not call it mistake, but one of the most common downfall of problem solving, is being stuck. And the ONE element, which is the immediate influencer is the following: Rather than thinking strategically about the solution of the problem, you get stuck into details. You see, if I am to put a plan that would take me from point A to point B. And I want to look holistically, about how would I go from point A to point B. I can think about a lot of things. However, if I go into details right from the beginning, (like what will I be driving? which means of communication, etc etc ?) I will be stuck trying to solve all of the issues in just one part and before actually understanding where to go next; and that is a very common practice.
If you want to literally solve a problem, If you want to achieve a goal and if you want to succeed in doing something really, really big and important for you, one of the most important factor that will help you tremendously would be the ability to see it the solution all the way through. Yes, all the way through. You need to really know where you are going, if you want to reach there.
Needless to say that the bumps on your way, these obstacles will there to deal with, just not at the beginning. I’ll give you one of the complicated examples that we are facing right now, where a new version of technologies and a new method of transportation given the evolution of all of those industrial revolutions. And what’s going to happen next and how we should act and react.
A lot of people would start thinking about what will happen immediately to their existing tasks and work, and what would happen afterwards, then, once this change will happen… Now what?
But if you look at it from a strategic point of view, let’s say you want to do a trip and adventure, and you take an example that, what if there was a very very high speed transportation mechanism that will take you from point A to point B – an exceptionally high speed, which would make whatever used to take you an hour and a half, three hours, five hours, will now, takes you just 20 minutes.
Now, despite that there are a lot of methods, right now, that are claiming that they will reach to that phenomenal breakthrough in innovation, so far it’s not the case. But if that was true! What would you do if right now? you could actually be saving hours doing something and doing it in just a few minutes… What would happen to your life then?
This exercise, once you start doing it, will give you the solution to other problems you’re not looking at because you are busy worrying about the details of the first piece of the puzzle. You may think that you have a problem with funding – that I cannot do it right now because of you don’t have enough funding to solve this issue. But once you do the exercise you may realize some benefits that would tackle that subject from multiple other aspects, and eventually leading you to finding other solutions that would – maybe – transform the way you think about your current problem.
And that’s how important, thinking holistically, painting the path and paving the way to where you want to go IS!
Therefor and before you go to get stuck trying to solving the small issues try this week’s tip:
I advise you, Whatever your dreams, goals, thoughts are try to paint a bigger picture first, assume hypothetically, that whatever problems you have right now are done. If your problem is related to money, then assume you have more. If your problem is related to have the right tools, infrastructure? venue? Just assume that you have that already, you solve that problem already, then explore where this would lead you.
Eventually, you will reach to a point that you didn’t think of before, in your train of thoughts and you may discover that this was indeed your winning formula.
Have a wonderful week.
Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker.