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Solution To A Problem (Part 1 of 2)

End of the world?

How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem? Then that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve.

No leads, no other options and seemed there are no solutions.

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options? Yet are still before the mountain so large, unconquerable, and impregnable?

When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

But rejoice. There might be some hope

With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.

First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.

Identify the problem

Maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem.

If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are.

Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.

Take note of the constraints and assumptions

Try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

Divide and conquer

Try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach.

 

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Ways To Prevent Procrastination Habit (Part 2 of 2)

Do not miss out the wonderful first part.

 

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Over commitment

Saying “yes” to everything. This often leaves you feeling tired and without the energy to focus on what is most important to you. This leads to procrastination as projects and tasks are dropped.

Identify what is most important to you. Focus only on those areas which will make the biggest difference to your life. It will enhance your focus and motivation.

Set personal and professional goals

It’s hard to motivate yourself when you don’t have a good idea of what you want to accomplish. So when setting goals think about what you want to achieve in the short term and long term.

Techniques for doing so include the SMART strategy. S = specific M = measurable A= Action R = Realistic T = Time based. Use goal setting software to help you in goal planning and setting.

Prioritize Your Goals

Develop a plan or schedule to help you reach your goals. In doing so you will begin to identify whether some elements need to be included or enhanced or dropped completely.

Also remember to be flexible, revisit your goals regularly and modify or drop if appropriate. Just because a goal is written down doesn’t mean that it is set in stone!

Divide and conquer

Once you’ve prioritized your goals, divide them into smaller chunks. Sometimes we procrastinate because a project seems really large. It seemed that the scale of it overwhelms us and puts us into a temporary form of paralysis.

You don’t know where to start, so you don’t start at all! Approach each project – especially large ones – on a step by step basis.

Reward yourself

Once you start to complete tasks, reward yourself by giving yourself something that you want. So instead of seeing a film before you complete a task, see it afterwards and make it a reward for you.

Just get started

No excuses. Don’t wait until you’re “in the mood”. The mood never comes! It is a clever camouflage and a delaying tactic. What you resist persists!

Start with what is easiest, so that you experience immediate success. It will give you the fuel and motivation to upgrade and take on larger projects.

 

Do any of the above and you’ll be well on your way to Kicking the Procrastination Habit. And if you’re procrastinating over doing any of the above, then remember that life is the biggest deadline of all!

 

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Tips To Discover Your Dream (Part 1 of 2)

 

How to discover your dream. You know how? Let me ask a question. It is the most important question I can ask. I wonder if you could provide me with an answer within 10 seconds. Most people cannot.

Here it is:

What, exactly, do you want to do with your life?

A complete description of how you want to live your life including the most important goal you’d like to achieve. So answers like “make money”, “live in a big house”, or “meet someone special” have no place here.

Such vague, non-specific answers are given by most people. It is a sure sign that they haven’t identified what they really want to do with their lives.

The reason why it is so important to know the answer – in detail – to the question is because the answer reveals your dream.

Your dream is unique to you, and it represents something very important to your happiness and growth as a person. It is an expression of the real you and gives enormous meaning and purpose to your life.

So how do you know what your dream is? Many people say to me “If only I knew what I really wanted”.

If this applies to you, then here’s my top tips to identify your dream:

  1. Take the time to think seriously about what you want to do with your life. Ask yourself “How would I truly want to spend everyday if I could choose freely”. This is serious time and you should spend at least an hour everyday working out the answers to this question.
  2. On a sheet of paper, write down all the things you really enjoy doing and have a passion for. Write down all of the wonderful things you’d like to try too. For example, my list contains: working with computers, writing, motivating others to succeed, music, cooking, travel, history, the arts, farming.
  3. On another sheet of paper, write down all of the things you definitely DON’T want in your life. This is a great technique and brings clarity. For example, on my list, I have: No repetitive work, no bosses, no 9-5, no outdoor tasks, no relationships, no mysticism, no routines. Be honest with this. If you don’t like doing something, write it down. Duty has no role here; this is for you. If you don’t like doing something, write it down.

 

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Questions To Empower You (Part 2 of 2)

Please read the first part.

 

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Other considerations will be things like location as you may have to move somewhere else. People you need to connect with, making contacts, networking. Also some equipment or anything you find that is a necessary part of achieving your goal.

What things i need to prepare to achieve success?

Now you identified what you want to do and what this will entail. You then need to decide what you’re going to give to make your dream happen. Success demands a price.

In particular, we have the 3 kings: Time, Money and Commitment. How much time are willing to spend? Are you willing to sacrifice other activities to free up more time?

Time

Time is the most precious resource you have and it is a non-renewable resource. It is important you give a significant portion of your free time to the pursuit of your goal.

Money

Next comes money. You will have to prepare to invest money in your project – IN YOURSELF – to make progress. This could mean purchasing equipment, attending seminars, courses, property, books, raw materials etc. Without such an investment, it is unlikely your project will get off the ground.

Commitment

Finally, how committed are you to making your dream happen? If you’re serious about getting the lifestyle and success you truly want, you must be 100% committed to it. This will mean making sacrifices. Friends, socializing, working long hours, working weekends in short. Sacrificing many of the things you enjoy doing today so you can create a better tomorrow.

If you love something and you want to achieve a high standard of success, you will have to devote lots and lots of time to it and place it above everything else. Are you prepared to do this?

 

You now have three empowering questions to help you start on creating a new life for yourself. Please make the time to think seriously about the your answers. You will reap the rewards.

 

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