Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Tips for Solving a Major Challenge

The pyramid builders got the job done.  They found a way to win.  No computers.  No electricity.  Just a bunch of limestone and a large labor force.  I read an article the other day about how they poured water in front of the blocks of limestone in order to lower the resistance and allow the stone to glide across the wet sand.  The story inspired me to take a look at my life and find better ways to solve the current challenges I face.  Try these ideas and see if they make a difference in your life...
  1. Every problem needs a deadline.  Without a deadline, you can't calculate how much time you have to solve the problem and it drags on forever.  Give yourself a deadline to solve your problem and stick to it.
  2. Break the problem down into smaller parts.  The Egyptians built the great pyramids one stone at a time.  Focus your energy on one component at a time and don't move on until the first stone is in its proper place.
  3. Find the best way to move the stone.  Can you ask others to help you?  Is there a more efficient method?  Experiment.
  4. Rest before you get tired.  Your project will fail if you burn out.  It's like driving a car and running out of gas before you reach your destination.  Refuel while there's still gas in your tank so you can go the distance.
  5. Avoid distractions.  This was easy for ancient civilizations.  They weren't tempted by television or video games.  Stay focused until your problem is solved.
Don't forget to thank others for helping you solve your problems.  Acknowledge them and give them credit whenever someone compliments you on your success.  And remember to share your tips with others so they don't have to re-invent the wheel.  If you have any ideas to add to the conversation, please share in the comments section below.  Good luck with your pyramid building.

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