Solutions are the Way to Success

It’s the last week of the month so that means I’m getting ready for February. I love the last couple of days to every month because I get to sit down with my calendar and planner, and explore how I’m going to tackle the coming four weeks.

Anyone who knows me knows that I AM A PLANNER! I love it! There’s something about making check marks on lists that I absolutely love!! It might stem back to childhood when I didn’t feel like I ever accomplished at anything. As an adult though, I see a daily water tracker and it becomes a challenge to suck down those 8, 8 ounce glass of water as soon as I can. As a bonus, I can go to bed at night knowing that I accomplished “something” (I am even secretly proud of myself when I wake up to pee every 3 hours).

Those “somethings” that I track and plan don’t even have to be big things. Yes, I have some really big audacious goals, but I usually just focus on the small steps it takes to accomplish the smaller tasks. One of the biggest problems with our instant gratification culture is that we aren’t satisfied with our hard work unless and until we accomplish really big things. The problem with that strategy is that our attention span are really, really short, so we get way-laid with disappointment long before we hit those goals and we ultimately abandon them. Millions of Americans have already abandoned their New Year Resolutions they so desperately set their minds to just a few weeks ago. If they had a better strategy, they might not be so quick to jump off the wagon.

Setting goals is the easy part. It’s the daily consistencies of focusing on and implementing small solutions that get us there. Focusing on solutions instead of success can help you achieve goals faster. The difference between being solution-focused and success-focused is that a solution helps you right now. A solution is the answer to whatever problem you’re facing at this. very. moment. People who are success-focused throw in the towel as soon as their motivation to lose 30# died when they consumed that large bag of chips. Being solution-focused on my goal helps me find something a solutions to the craving instead of being hyper focused on the weight loss itself.

It goes something like this:

Me: I’m ravenous

My belly: EAT ALL THE CHIPS

Me: But I’m on a diet

My belly: EAT ALL THE CHIPS OR YOU WILL DIE

Me: but…..

My belly: YOU MUST NOT HEAR ME OVER the DEAFENING and ROARING GRUMBLING SO I’LL JUST SCREAM LOUDER: CHIPS!!! MUST EAT CHIPS!!!

With a Solution-Focused mindset you already have a strategy in place when your stomach decides to create a mutiny.

Me: I’m ravenous

My belly: EAT ALL THE CHIPS

Me: I could eat all the chips but then I won’t be meeting my goal today. Instead I’ll eat the healthy meal that I’ve already prepared.

Maybe you didn’t even buy those chips to begin with because they aren’t a solution to your goal of losing 30#.

A solution to the eating could be having well balanced, pre-made and measured meals ready to eat; or maybe subscribing to a meal service that delivers to you. Or???? There are literally a hundred solutions to our problems.

My 2020 goal is this: getting out debt. Over the last 5 years or so we’ve accumulated some debt from college loans, a car that broke down and needed a new clutch, and we had some medical bills we weren’t expecting. I’ve been debt free in the past and we’re going to get back there again.

I’ve also started a small business on the side that I want to see grow, I’ve spent the last 10 years as a project manager helping agencies create strategic plans. I want to bring my expertise to you and your family. If you need someone to show you the way to create a strategic plan for yourself, or help getting out of debt let me know. First consultation is free and it takes about an hour. I’d love to help you learn to be solution focused and hit some goals this year! part8487@pacificu.edu

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