Alzati Leadership Blog by Susan Ann Darley

What is the Easiest Way to Solve a Problem?


Visualize the solution. Mentally see the result you desire.


Example: You’re at the office on the weekend signing a contract, which has already been signed by your partner. You put it in the fax machine and it jams. No one’s around and you’re on a tight deadline. You have a choice. You can get angry and curse the machine while mentally rehearsing the worst case scenario in your head. Or you can immediately visualize the document successfully being in the hands of its intended receiver.


The minute you do that you will begin to calm down. A calm state of mind will help you to think of ways to move forward.


Remain open to all ideas you receive. Perhaps there are one or two you have resistance to. Like calling the person who is to receive the fax to explain your dilemma but you’re fearful of their reaction as you interrupt their weekend. Or you’re concerned you’re in danger of screwing up the deal.


The more fear you have…
the more your head will create fear-based stories.


Solution: The challenge before you is to look beyond the appearance to help reduce your fears. That takes practice and patience. Next, drop all judgment of the situation, remain calm and listen for the next step – then take it. In other words, step over your fears and move forward. 


It’s a fact – problems test our patience. How well do you do in this area? Impatience has prevented more solutions than you could count. It raises blood pressure, causes stress, anxiety and illness. It allows for problems to stack up and be buried deep. Therefore, when you’re confronted with a problem, hold on to your visualization until the intended result occurs. That will continue to keep you calm and receptive to new ideas.


Begin practicing today. Whatever you need to tackle today, mentally see it accomplished. See the mess on the floor clean, your stubborn car gas cap glide off easily, your busy schedule met with ease. When it’s a larger problem apply the same technique.


For instance, once when confronted with a $5,000 lawsuit, from the start I declared it resolved. For the next six months while negotiating with attorneys I remained clear-headed and calm. The final verdict: the litigation was closed with me owing nothing and receiving the blessings of the attorney.


 In conclusion…


Two hallmarks of leadership excellence are flexibility and adaptability. If you have your mind set on a specific path to a solution or a prefixed solution, you are carrying a limited vision. Instead, hold a steady vision of the intended result. Then allow universal intelligence to guide you to the perfect outcome for all.


P.S. While putting this on WordPress, the spacing went haywire and so did I. After trying the same thing over and over, I walked away laughing at the irony of being stuck in the problem. With that I declared it fixed. Went back to the computer, googled it and chose advice that said “beginner. ” Within less than 30 seconds I had the solution. Sometimes it just about remembering to apply what we know!

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