Are You Part Of The Problem Or Part Of The Solution

Any time you face a challenge it is important to remember that at all times you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. There is no middle ground here. It is one or the other.

One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein who said “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. This means that if you were involved in creating the current situation, you can’t be part of the solution without changing your thoughts. You have to be prepared to consider new ideas.

This also means that problems can not be solved by people who are not prepared to consider that they may have been wrong.

So, when ever you find yourself struggling with a particularly difficult challenge, stop and consider whether you are actually part of the new solution you are seeking or the problem you created. You can’t be both. If you find yourself on the problem side of the ledger it’s time to get help from someone who wasn’t involved in creating the original challenge.

This is also a necessary evaluation for you to use with your entire team. At any given time anyone can have unconsciously become “part of the problem”. The sooner this is acknowledged the sooner you will find a solution.