Anyone can problem solve. But the real talent is in seeing the problems in the first place.
Problem-solving is over-rated. Think about it: the problem-finders are the people who change the world. The ability to problem-solve is over-rated. Seeing the problem is where the action is!
- Scientists are professional problem finders.
- Young children are the absolute best problem finders. They can tear up a room faster than I can eat an ice cream cone. And I really like ice cream.
- Teenagers are guaranteed problem finders. Just ask their parents.
- Report cards are magnets for problem finding. Just ask my kids.
- Annual evaluations at work are surefire seasons of problem finding. These problem-finding occasions make us sleepless and unhappy.
- Police, especially traffic cops find problems for a living. “Sir, do you know how fast you were going?”
The one thing these folks have in common is that they highlight problems. If we don’t accurately see our problems, we cannot change anything. Being honest with ourselves can change how we see addiction and recovery, our relationships, our bodies and our work.
As I tell my coworkers, “Feedback can change your life, if you let it.” Problem finding can change you, just like negative thinking.
Most mental illnesses and addictions can be seen as deficits in problem-solving. Russ Barnes
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