There is a story of a young boy diligently working in his father’s workshop. Spread over the floor was a deconstructed chair that had been damaged, tools and a varied collection of mix-matched chair parts. When the young boy’s father walked in, seeing his son’s frustration, He asked “What are you working on?” With despair he replied, “I’m trying to fix this chair. It seems that nothing I’ve tried has worked.” His father chuckled slightly, and offered to help. “What is the problem?” the father asked. The young boy glared at the pieces sprawled over the floor with an obvious expression saying, “The chair is broken, and everything that I’ve tried to fix it has not worked.” Placing his hand on his son’s shoulder the father said, That is your situation, not your problem. Your problem is simple – you need a chair to sit in. “Your efforts have been focused on correcting something that was broken. Instead, create a new chair.”
Can you relate with the young boy? Definitely so...we all can. With this being the beginning of a new year, we encourage you to focus your efforts on creating versus correcting. A major part of this skill requires us to first be able to accurately identify what the problem is. When we know what the problem is, we are better able to determine the right resources (time, people, skills, money, priority, etc.), and avoid distractions that appear to be a good fit.
Examples could include improving the attitude of a loved one, a progressive shift in your business or work, increasing your ability to influence others for their benefit, or improving your perspective about your health and body. In these areas, too often is our focus on the current circumstance and we develop the tendency to try to correct the circumstance (which is only a result of the actual problem). Like the young boy, we us a variety of unauthorized parts that were not a part of the manufacture’s design. Our hope is that we all approach this year by embracing the freedom of truly creating solutions to problems that we were meant to solve. Your potential is so great! Go create your own seat, to negotiate your space at the table.
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