Updated: Nov 25, 2020
A trait the most successful CEO's and leaders have is being able to solve big problems (BP'S) quickly. It's a skill anyone can master, once you know how. Daniel Kahneman, talks about this concept in his book, 'Thinking Fast and Slow'
Are you a person who gets overwhelmed, stressed, and stuck when making important decisions in your business?
Do you feel kind of like a deer in headlights, and as though the challenge hijacks your brain?
A few examples of high-level problems are:
How do I go from 6 to 7 figures
Where should I invest in my business
Is it time to pivot
How do I balance family and career - is it even possible
How many cookies can I eat before my butt grows - haha? The answer is as many as you can before someone sees you!
My good friend, Suzanne, called me in a tizzy because she had a disgruntled employee who threatened to sue her. Obviously, this would make most of us a bit anxious! She had tossed and turned all night as she ruminated over her situation. Unsurprisingly by morning, she didn't have a well thought out solution because she was sleep-deprived and stressed out.
I told her to try the method I'm about to share with you. Not only did she sleep better, but she knew her plan of action by the following morning.
As entrepreneurs and leaders, we have to move briskly AND wisely.
Here's a simple and effective way to solve your big issue problems.
The 3 Step Process to Solving Big Problems
Step 1: Write down, on paper, your challenge or BP
Step 2: Put your journal away for at least 24 hours
Step 3: After 24 hours, revisit the problem and write down potential solutions
If you haven't come up with a solid plan after step 3, start the process over. Allow your mind to wander and come up with outlandish ideas. There will probably be a valuable nugget in your brainstorming.
Don't get stuck by perceived limitations or challenges. Let your thoughts flow.
If you're noticing negative thoughts, check out this post.
Are You Zapping Your Brain Energy
When you write down what the issue is, it removes it from taking up so much energy in your mind. The act of putting it on paper allows your brain to function more efficiently.
Furthermore, your subconscious mind can come up with creative solutions.
Setting aside your journal for 24 hours keeps the big level problem in your mind without getting lost and without it consuming you.
Practice makes perfect, so continue practicing this process until your brain gets used to this exercise.
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