Criterion Worldwide Shares “How to Solve Any Problem That Gets in Your Way.”
“Adversities and difficulties are a part of life. On the route to success, anything can happen; good and bad. There will be moments on your journey where you are faced with problems that will make you find it impossible to get further, this is where you need to stop and take a moment to think about a practical approach,” says Lewis Morton, managing director of Criterion Worldwide. According to the article “Rohn: How to Solve Any Problem That Gets in Your Way,” by Jim Rohn, he writes “You know the importance of applying discipline and effort to overcome any problem that stands in your way. But some problems call for more than steely determination—they require you to step back and apply some mental power. If you’re faced with a roadblock like this, put it all down on paper. When you write a problem down on paper, you take the emotion out of it. With the emotion gone, you can look at the roadblock objectively. You can figure out what you did right. You can figure out what you did wrong. You can figure out how to change it.” “There’s a certain benefit in writing your problem down and taking a look at it in writing. It helps you to look at this problem quite practically and realistically. By stating the problem on paper, you’re literally taking the problem out of your head in front of you,” says Lewis Morton of Criterion Worldwide.
Rohn states different questions to ask yourself and write answers to those down as well; he says, “The first question you need to consider is this: What can I do? You don’t want to go any further than that if you can solve the problem yourself. Start jotting down any options that come to mind. Lay out the alternatives. Then begin analyzing them. “Let’s see, number three… no, that one would take too long. I haven’t got that much time. OK. Number two? Not sure. OK. Let’s look at number one. Maybe the one I thought of first is my best one.” At Criterion Worldwide, we’ve asked our representatives to tackle their problems in this way, and we found that the results are astonishing. It helps our representatives focus in on different aspects of their particular situation and focus on what they can do to help.
Another question Rohn mentions to ask is “Who could I ask? What should you have ready when you ask somebody to help you? You’ve got your notes to show them. You say, “You know, I’ve tried my best to figure it out myself, and it has left me short. Here are some of the books I’ve read. Here are my notes. I’ve researched this material, and I’m still confused. Could you possibly help me?” Asking for help doesn’t make anyone weak. It’s the help that you get from others that can help you push your way out of the problem. By asking for help, you’re growing and learning. We find this practical method to be extremely helpful!