Solve today’s challenges before they become tomorrow’s problems.
Many motivational coaches will tell us that there is no such things as problems. In their line of thoughts, there are only challenges and it all depends on our attitude about those challenges. Although it will sound overly simplified for someone who is facing real problems on a daily basis, there is a high level of truth in the wording.
A challenge is something we believe we can handle. In most cases we even have a plan how to solve it, and we need to focus on progress. A problem is a different story. We are faced with a problem for which we do not know how to solve it, or are not able to solve it on our own. We could of course still consider that our mindset determines of we see this as a problem or a challenge, but that will not really help us solve the issue. And there will be moments where the problem simply is so far beyond our capabilities and understanding to even think about a way of solving it.
When we have an objective look at the problems we are facing, we come to the conclusion that a part of these issues have been challenges we did not address before they became real problems. So, instead of focusing on “it is all in your mindset” it might be better to focus on identifying challenges and prioritizing solutions before they become problems beyond our control.
Dr. ir Johannes Drooghaag – CEO Spearhead Management