Are you going *around* problems?

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
~ Henry Ford

Photo of a yellow-and-black DETOUR sign on a chain-link fenceDoes that sound familiar?

It’s not unusual.

There’s something about the human psyche that prefers to stay stuck in a familiar pattern – going around a problem – instead of evaluating the situation and creating change.

We don’t like change, even when the current experience is painful. As the saying goes, better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t.

And figuring out the root cause of a problem can seem daunting.

Easier to just go around.

Or is it?

What problem are you avoiding looking at?

What are you going around that you could – with a little critical thinking, a little effort, a little tweaking – solve?

How much time, energy, frustration, irritation, annoyance, and struggle would that save in the long run?

Pick a problem you’ve been going around. Any size. Define it. Figure out the next step to solve it. Go.

gljudson Strategic thinking