Everyone I meet has problems. We all have things that don’t go as planned or have challenges which catch us off guard. When you stop to think about it, a problem is nothing more than a situation in need of improvement. My experience is that people can have three responses to their “situations”:
- Play the victim.
- Develop a solution and promise themselves that this time they will handle it once and for all.
- Create a solution and actually solve the problem once and for all.
The question is: What are the people doing who consistently achieve their goals and create the life they want? I think the answer lies in setting a strategy that is in line with your skills and an ability to implement the plan.
It seems that every problem has numerous possible solutions. For example, if you want to create financial independence, your solution might be to invest in the stock market, but then you would have to narrow down your solution to a specific sector of the stock market, like tech. But even that is not narrow enough. You would have to decide if you were going to invest in companies focused on software, social media, hardware, etc
The reality is that you can make a money in any of these sectors, just like you could make a ton of money in virtually any sector of the property market or in any business you might start or invest in. The key to success is never about what you do, but rather about how you do it.
The solution you select is just another word for your strategy and every strategy is dependent on implementation. You can have the greatest strategy in the world, but if the strategy is not implemented, then it will fail. My experience is that most people don’t have what they want because they consistently select strategies that they cannot implement. Too many people select a solution which is not consistent with or aligned with the skills they have and thus they can’t implement it and it fails.
People who consistently achieve their goals and fix their problems look first to their skills and capabilities before deciding on a course of action and a solution to their problems. Creating financial independence is a great goal. The strategy you select should be based on the skills and resources you have available or that you can acquire and that you can actually implement.
I often see great plans which never get implemented, and thus the goals never reached, because they are based on a great strategy and not on the reality of skills and time needed to implement the strategy selected.
Before selecting any solution to a situation in need of improvement, check out your assumptions about what you are really capable of doing and then design a solution that is both consistent and sustainable with your skills.