Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.Tony Robbins


It’s snowing, streets are slick, and it takes extra effort and time to move the food. Caterer has problems.

What does that mean?
Everybody has problems. That’s a fact. Some problems are tougher than others, others are easy. Some are worse to have, and some problems are not so bad.

But identifying that you have a problem is only the very first step in taking are of it. All you have at this point is something about which you can complain. Loudly and frequently.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what far too many people do. They identify what’s wrong, and then complain about it, expecting someone else to take care of it for them.

That’s where the second half of the quote comes in. Don’t put your effort into complaining, put it into finding and then implementing a solution.

Why is dealing with our problems important?
When you’re hungry, getting enough food is a problem. When you’re a caterer, getting enough food for a large party can be quite a problem. The hungry person has identified their problem. The solution will depend on where they are and what services are available to them.

A caterer with a food shortage also has identified their problem. But they won’t get paid if they show up at the gig with insufficient food, and an excuse that it’s somebody else’s problem. They have to come up with alternatives, extra people, new suppliers, or even partner with another caterer.

In each case you can see what happens when there is just complaining. And, while rarely easy, putting your energy into finding a solution is a much better thing to do with yourself, your energy and your time. But what of your power? To me, this is our ability to influence or change things around us.

We each have some ability to change the world and the people around us. We can be the voice to help start the change a small thing or a big thing. We can be the action added to a larger cause. We can make a difference in the problems around us, ours and others.

Where can I apply this in my life?
Tell me about your problems. Well, you’re talking to a screen, not me, so a more accurate way to say that is to talk to yourself about your problems. What troubles you? What isn’t going your way? How is life being unfair to you? Take a moment and some paper and make a list of everything on your mind.

Now consider your list. How many do you just talk about? How many have you identified and not done anything to solve? Compare that to the number of problems which you identified, and then put some effort into finding a solution, and even trying to implement that solution.

Your problems, do you mostly talk about them, or do you work to solve them? There are no right or wrong answers, but until you have looked at your situation, how do you know what you need to do to improve your situation? Now that you have a better idea, what do you think it will take to get you to do more solving and less complaining?

I’ve never been that big on complaining, but that doesn’t mean everything I do is about solving problems. I also rationalize quite a bit, saying to myself that it isn’t really all THAT bad, at least not yet. When it gets worse, then I’ll ok on a solution. And sometimes that’s the right solution, and other times, it’s an excuse. We each must determine that ourselves.

A big part of the problem with not doing anything about a problem is that it can lead to what I call learned helplessness. The problem is too big, what can a little person like me do? I don’t know where to start. Who can I talk to so that I can find out more about this problem? Each question can be answered, with a little effort.

But if you feel helpless, the question becomes your excuse. If you put a bit of power and energy into answering the question, you will likely find yourself with a potential solution (or perhaps several). That is the first step. Then you need to determine which solution works best for you, and then take action.

And taking action is the key to solving your problems. It starts with identifying the problem, then asking the right questions. Developing the best potential solution for your problem from your list of answers is next. Finally, you have to do something about it, and work your solution.

It sounds easy, and it is quite simple. But it takes time, effort, power and energy. But few problems resolve themselves. What will you do to resolve some of your problems today?

From: Twitter, @RockChristopher
confirmed at : Tony’s Facebook page…
photo by Elvert Barnes

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4 Responses to Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.

  1. zumpoems 16 February 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    This is, interesting, to compare to ““If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Albert Einstein

    Not that they conflict, as thinking about the problem is spending energy to ultimately getting to a solution.

    Similar to the Einstein quote: “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.” Gilbert K. Chesterton

    • philosiblog 29 February 2016 at 4:14 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts and other quotes with my audience and I.

  2. Lar Bowe 11 February 2016 at 4:40 pm #

    This sentence is worthy of thought and consideration but attributing it to Tony Robbins is a bit if a stretch. Robbins is a millionaire based on his appearance fees, books etc etc and while I have no personal axe to grind with him I consider him as an American motivational speaker that packages what other experts have developed i.e. nutrition, mental health etc etc. To attribute the nomenclature of “Philosopher” worthy of attribution of an insight for our consideration? – I don’t think so. This excellent “idea” must have it origins (possibly not in those words) in a more august source than this evangelistic showman.

    • philosiblog 15 February 2016 at 5:14 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your thoughts.

      Not sure why you think attributing it to the person who said it is a stretch. If you have a better source, or one that predates his statement, I’d be happy to update it. If you have looked through my site, I include anyone who has said something I consider worthy of consideration, or interesting enough to warrant discussion. That includes Yogi Berra and Don Rickles, to name but two. I have over twelve hundred posts. I did a year of weekly Machiavelli and over a year of once weekly on Seneca. You can only do so much before you have to look in other places for worthy quotes.

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