What you focus on, expands! This is the fundamental truth of life. When we focus on problems, our problems seem to get bigger. When we focus on success, our success seems to get bigger. The key is understanding where to put your focus.
In the business consulting and coaching that I do, I have found that too many organizations focus on defining the problem and too few focus on what they are trying to accomplish. When they focus on the problem, they find "splinter problems" all over the place. They find a multitude of things that are wrong, but never really get down to defining what they are needing. Those splinter problems are the symptoms of the bigger issue. When the actual problem is solved, the symptoms go away on their own. As an example, I get the opportunity to solve "turnover issues" on a regular basis. Turnover within a workforce is not the problem though. It is a symptom of some need that is not being met. The primary reason that an employee leaves a company is that they are unhappy with their supervisor. Instead of helping the supervisors grow and become great managers, many companies want to "fix" the employees.
The same is true in our spiritual lives. We often look at the problems that we have and think... Those need to go away. What we often miss, though, is the fact that we need to embrace our connectedness with the Spirit. It is our connection that gives us the fulfillment of that missing element. When we solve the underlying problem by shifting our focus to meeting the need, we solve all of the other problems that were symptoms of the main issue. The first step in problem solving isn't defining the problem. It is defining the need and then accepting the fact that change will be necessary. The second step is to look for ways to achieve the need.
When we focus on how we will achieve success in fulfilling our needs, we take our focus away from why we can't do something and embrace the process of achieving. The next step is to choose our solution and map out a plan to achieve. After that, we act. When we begin to act on the solution, we are acting on the achievement of an end result, not the avoidance of an issue. The final piece of the puzzle is to evaluate if your actions have gotten you the results that you wanted. If they have, then your needs are met. If your needs are still not met, then you did not act in the right manner. It would be time to try again.
The only problem that has really existed for us is that we have embraced the separation and followed the ego. The only solution that was needed was to realize the truth of our connectedness. This truth changes your life, eliminates the splinter problems, and brings the fulfillment that you and I both desire.
My challenge to you is to pursue the solution instead of focusing on the problem today!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.