Today’s post is a continuation from Friday’s post, read it here if you have not done so already. Today we would be considering the second part of the ‘Big 5′ – Problem.
John C. Maxwell in his words acknowledged his love for what Malcolm Forbes said about problems: “If you have a job without aggravation, you don’t have a job.” Like discouragement, everyone experiences problems, but there are some basic principles for handling problems well.
- Define what a problem is: Fred Smith taught me many years ago that a problem is something I can do something about. If I cannot do something about a situation, it is a fact of life, not a problem.
- Anticipate problems: A problem anticipated is an opportunity. But a problem not anticipated is a problem.
- Embrace each problem as a potential opportunity: I’ve always loved this expression – problems are wake-up calls for creativity. The great Normal Vincent Peale said, “Positive thinking is how you think about a problem. Enthusiasm is how you feel about a problem. The two together determine what you do about a problem.”