How many time have you heard about it? I have heard about it a lot, that if you bump into a problem what you need to do is to focus on the solution. But the idea just hang on my mind without me ever getting into a full understanding what was all that about.
How can you focus on the solution?
Have you ever been in a situation, say heartbroken? Someone you loved just dumped you in the face and for days you only live by chocolates and rivers of tears. How can you think of a solution if that problem, that image of him dumping you, keeps on repeating in your mind?
One day, I got the enlightenment brought by a sweet old lady Mrs. Wati who came for one of our Monday Meetings. She was there to share her experience about how she changed career at the age of 54 from a COO of a big and well-known cosmetic company to be simply an insurance agent. She was already 59 at the time and everyone in the room (whose way younger than her, with lesser success too) felt
She talked about how she always focuses more on solutions instead of problems. The example she shared was an eye opener,
“I live in Jakarta, where traffic is hell. If you left home 5 minutes late that means two hours late for the meeting. The problem is the traffic, and the only solution is to leave early. That means I have to get up early too. So I focus on the solution. I manage my time and clear up my schedule before nine so I can go to bed early hence wake up early.”
So she did extra effort around the solution to make it work. Instead of thinking about which route to avoid traffic, what kind of vehicle that can drive her faster, she gives a lot of her thought on how she can wake up early in order to be able to leave early for work to avoid traffic.
I think this is applicable to everything we do.
Problem: Roof leaking
Solution: Fix it
But since it needs money and you don’t have any, you really need to work it out by focusing on ways to get money so you can have the leaked roof fixed. Or, you can buy a book and master the DIY route to fix it. These are the meaning of focus on solutions. Focusing on the problem means every time it rains you put a bucket underneath.
Now, let’s list the 10 problems you are currently facing and then list the solutions. Once you complete the list, you would be able to figure out what to do by focusing on the solutions.