Problems are interesting to me.
It’s not the problems themselves but rather their nature.
What I mean by this is that they don’t exactly come with any SPECIFIC solution.
There are no step-by-step instructions for solving problems in life.
You only have your brain to figure things out.
You’ll need to connect a hell lot of dots before you finally get an answer. In other words, your ‘solution’ will actually be DOZENS of individual ‘solutions’ stuck together.
Unfortunately, most people don’t realize this.
They think that there is only ONE specific solution and go crazy trying to find it. Since they are unable to find this holy grail, their situation remains the same for a very long time.
This was certainly the case with me.
I was never flexible in my approach. I was very rigid and always used to search for the ‘correct’ solution. Due to this insanity, I ended up wasting a hell lot of time.
It took me quite a while to realize the truth and ditch this mindset.
So what made me realize this?
Lack of results.
Lack of results and nothing more.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results…” – Albert Einstein
I was sick of having nothing to show for my effort. Having had enough, I finally decided to see if changing the approach would make a difference.
I saw some progress but it wasn’t much. So I searched for something else…
And then something else…
And then did it again…
Until I finally got what I wanted and THEN SOME! 😀
I’ll give you a personal example of this…
It’s about my experience when I started out to lose body fat.
When I first began, I was extremely dogmatic about my approach.
I had the notion that the ‘correct’ way was to restrict calories and do hardcore cardio. I stuck with this approach and got some results but it wasn’t what I had expected. For some reason, I had just ‘stalled’ in my progress.
But being the stubborn person that I was, I refused to even consider that I may be doing something wrong. My mind simply didn’t register that thought.
Eventually, I got fed up of with my lack of progress and decided to find out what was happening. Upon some research, I realized that in addition to dieting and cardio, I also needed to take up weight training.
The reason for this was to preserved muscle mass, which would otherwise be lost during the fat loss phase. Apparently, some of the weight I had lost was because of muscle loss.
When I added weight training, I got some progress but then stalled again.
This time, it was due to ‘overtraining’ as I was lifting weights everyday. I never realized that you had to give muscles a break from workouts to allow recovery.
Upon realizing this, I cut down my workouts from 5-6 days a week to just 3-4 days a week. I saw a great amount of improvement but stalled again.
Now, it turned out that I wasn’t sleeping enough, which was very important for muscle recovery.
After I began to sleep about 7-8 hours instead of 4-5 hours, I saw an immediate spike in my progress.
Ultimately, I ended up with a whole bunch of tools for fat loss; dieting, cardio, weight training, sleeping, etc. But I was left with a dilemma. I didn’t know how to use all these tools together.
I had ended up right back where I started.
I had to go through a few more rounds of trial and error before I finally got the results that I wanted.
The point I’m trying to make here is that problems DON’T come with specific solutions.
You’ll need to use your head to figure everything out.
So, don’t go crazy searching for something that doesn’t exist.
Instead of running around in circles, here’s a strategy you CAN use REGARDLESS of what your problem is.
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless.
And add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee
Be flexible in your approach.
Find out what works and get rid of what doesn’t. Do it until you get all pieces of the jigsaw puzzle.
Once you get them, it’s only a matter of finding out how they fit and getting the big picture.
Just remember that there is no ‘right’ way to fix your problems.
You must to take inputs from EVERYWHERE to create your solution’s blueprint.