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Compare Suggested Solutions against Objectives
Again, preferably as a team, all solutions are considered in terms of how successful they might be at achieving your objectives, primarily 'essentials'.
Choose a Tentative Solution from Your List
One potential solution will usually reveal itself as most suitable for achieving your objectives. This is one you should initiate in first instance.
Put Solution into Practice and Monitor Consequences
Once initiated, consequences must be monitored and adverse occurrences identified and controlled. Some changes might be necessary, especially for unexpected events. Alternatively, and only as a last resort, you may find you have to choose another from your list of possible solutions. Whatever happens, you will almost certainly have your problem under control, maybe not solved, but manageable.
An extremely useful tip from late Joe Karbo, American motivational writer and entrepreneur, is to delegate problem. To your computer! Not Amstrad, Apple or Atari; this computer is far more complex, infinitely more powerful. The computer Karbo and others like him refer to is your unconscious computer - your mind!
According to many psychologists and motivational gurus, we use only a tiny proportion of our U/Cs. Programming U/C to solve your problem is easy, all you have to do is ask. This is what you do:
Write problem down at top of a clean sheet of paper. Section remainder of page into two vertical columns.
Try to solve problem yourself. On left-hand side, write down all possible ways to solve your problem. Include reasons. On other side, list potential drawbacks of each considered solution.
Ask your U/C to choose best solution from those listed or to come up with another. This might sound silly, but believe me it isn't. Karbo tells readers to think of your U/C as 'another person, an employee or assistant'. We must tell that other person 'I want answer to this problem by tomorrow morning ... or four o'clock this afternoon'. Then you just forget it, go to sleep or turn to doing something else.
Surely enough, just as that name you've struggled to remember will suddenly come to you long after you've given up trying, your U/C will provide answer you need. Try it, it works.
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