“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
“Houston, we have a problem.” This one statement sent hundreds of people into action. Problem-solving at its finest under the direst of circumstances. Some people live to solve problems and some people live to avoid them. Where do you stand?
Granted, we don’t actively look to create problems so we can solve them. They just have a way of finding us. This could be due to a lack of procedures in the office, a lack of scripting and role-playing, or simply not learning from our mistakes.
Problems are opportunities for improvement. Addressing them with enthusiasm, open-mindedness, and with your team, not only open up capacity for your office but also create a simpler practice that can be more fun. The most creative thinkers consider themselves problem seekers rather than problem solvers.
A positive attitude towards problems can transform you into a happier, healthier, and more self-confident person, and you’ll feel more in control of your life. This will help you in becoming proactive in situations that can become problems.
Communication of one of the biggest factors in determining your ultimate ability to solve problems. Reflect on how you communicate and improve your communication with those around you. Successful offices meet weekly to discuss problems and pool their resources together. They look to answer the questions of “Where do we go from here?” and Be absolutely clear about the problem you are discussing. “What is an ideal solution?” By focusing on the future and the desired outcome you place emphasis on creative and positive solutions.
Become a positive thinker by becoming a solution-oriented person rather than a problem-oriented person. When you and your team think and talk in terms of solutions you will be astonished at the quality and quantity of ideas that will emerge.