“The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one.” I recently read this quote in the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson and it really struck me. I need to stop striving for the perfection of solving all my problems because I will always have problems, but some problems will be better than others.
Everyone has problems that need solving no matter how successful they are. Some problems are big and bad that cause us pain, and others are menial a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things.
It’s like a never ending video game of life. Solve this onset of problems and you up level yourself to the next set. Sometimes that next set will be an easy level and other times it will leave you frustrated and trying anything possible to beat them. But we will never win, the problem game isn’t going to end until the day we die. (Can you tell I have a 12yr old son, who talks non-stop about games and levels etc.)
Instead of focusing on how to solve all my problems and live a blissful carefree life, I’m going to focus on solving my current set of problems in hopes that some better maybe even easier problems pop up next.
So what’s the game plan?
1, Make a list of the top problems to solve. Criteria being – problems that with solving them will have the biggest positive impact on my life. Not choosing too many maybe 5-7 so I don’t end up crazy overwhelmed.
2, Take each problem and make a sub-list of actions I can take to solve it.
3, Highlight the action that should be the first step for each problem. Hint it’s usually the one that makes you the most uncomfortable or seems to be the hardest. It’s also probably the action that will have the greatest impact on solving the problem.
4, Pick a starting point and GO!
What happens when I solve the problems on this list? Well then I start another one and continue to level up my life one problem at a time.
Seems simple, but I’m not naïve I know it will be challenging, but it won’t be impossible like the task of solving all of life’s problems. As I coast through the problem levels of life there will be ups and downs, easy and hard levels to breakthrough. But what matters is that I enjoy the process, celebrate the progress no matter how small it may seem in the moment. Forward movement is the key, look forward to your next set of problems as they bring you closer to the bigger and better that you’re striving for.