I write this message to you after one week in China. This one week has been filled with issues, challenges, or simply problems.
This last part of problems is what I want to dive into deeper this week.
The path to achieving massive success and your dreams will be filled wit uncertainty..it is par the course.
You are placed in new situations where you will have to think on you feet and problem solve.
Unfortunately, most of us tend to focus on the uncomfortable feelings, such as doubt, anxiety, and fear produced from these opportunities (more about this later).
I have learned the closer you get to achieving a milestone, goal, or massive success…the more problems you will have to solve.
This is similar to an DIRECT relationship in mathematics. Now don’t run away because of your ill feelings towards math as it is a simple concept.
Simply, a direct relationship means when one value goes up, the other does as well.
Now, unfortunately we all have an illusion once we achieve a goal or reach a higher level of success, things will get easier and there will be less problems to solve.
What I have found is the OPPOSITE.
The closer you get to achieving massive success, the closer you get to taking steps closer to achieving your dreams, the MORE problems you will have to solve.
If you want to achieve massive success and finally start taking steps to achieve your dreams, then know you will face the uncertainty where you will have to embrace “the endless stream of problems.”
Know the more problems you face, the closer you are getting to the achieving a breakthrough.
Below are the steps I have found which works when you need to embrace the process of problem solving:
1. Embrace problem solving.
Problem solving requires you to cultivate your Soft Zone. This means to sit with, observe, and use uncomfortable feelings to your advantage. Or, this means to view uncomfortable feelings as triggers to one, know your body is ready fro action, two, your brain is getting more oxygen, and three, you need to make room by not comparing your results with others. Lastly, analyze your inputs, or daily decisions and actions.
2. Apply First Principles.
I learned this from Elon Musk, but this is where you break down your problem to their most fundamental truths and then ask “what do we know is true?” I have found, the problem gets a little easier once you do this.
3. Identify steps to move forward.
This step is crucial as it propels you to identify and take steps to get you moving to take action!
4. Discipline over easy.
At one point or another, you will have to endure the pain of being disciplined over the ease of distraction. Once you identify what steps to take, then be disciplined to carry them out, rather than choosing the ease of not following through.
5. Iterate and focus on INPUTS to make progress.
Setting goals is great for giving you a target to aim for, but what will help you make progress is the laser focus on your daily decisions and actions you take. Simply these are your INPUTS. Thus if you desire a different OUTPUT, then you must track and analyze your INPUTS to see what can be modified to get the OUTPUT you desire.
This has to be done not ONCE, or TWICE, but over and over again. Each time, you keep learning and taking the necessary steps so you get closer and closer to achieving the success to help you achieve you dreams.
It is similar to how an airplane autocorrects itself in air to get to its final destination. It is done continuously, not just one time.
6. Measure, report, and use Pareto principle to accelerate towards your ultimate outcome.
Performance is improved once measured, but learning accelerates once you measure and report it. It is simple, what you do not track, you can not change.
Thus, if you want to make changes, then you must first track it, but second you must analyze it to see how you can make adjustments to move you forward.
This is where the Pareto principle comes into play.
This is where you list out all of your INPUTS and then identify what 20% of the activities you are taking creates 80% of your results. Be vigilant here and cut out the 80% of noise. Although some of them help you take incremental steps forward, focus on the 20% which help you make the biggest strides.
That was a doozy of a post, but if you have made it this far then you have a blue print to problem solve with the best of them!