“You can’t solve a problem on the same level it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.”
I came across this quote recently. I’m not sure who said it, but I like it and I’ve started using it as somewhat of a positive affirmation in both my personal and professional lives.
When we’re presented with a problem, naturally the first thing we want to do is understand it.
So, to obtain this understanding we delve into it, often on that same level it was created.
Unfortunately, all too often we remain at this level when it comes to solving the problem.
So, what ends up happening is simply an exacerbation of the initial problem.
Instead… try sitting back, taking a deep breath, rising out of that emotional state and then thinking through a broader solution.
Take into account the different parties involved, the different personalities, the different wants and needs, different agendas, and most importantly think about the bigger picture and the longer-term goal.
Basically, it’s about allowing rational and considered thought to drive the decision making process instead of more reactive emotions.
It’s not something that can be rushed. It may take a few minutes or a few days, but by giving it some conscious thought, you might just be surprised how beneficial this technique can be.
Author: Cameron McIver