Methods for Getting Focused on the Problem

Methods for getting focused on the problem in front of you is very important to the outcome. If you find that you have a large obstacle that you are not sure how to tackle, it can be difficult knowing how to get started. It can even be difficult to explore your options, or the choices that exist to deal with the problem. So I’ve come up with a method to help you get over this hurdle.

Ask Yourself Questions

Ask yourself a series of questions. The answers you come up with will help you tackle your problem or goal. For example, find out what it is that you want to achieve or what your ideal outcome would be. Envision what tackling your problem would look like. This will help you get a clear picture of what you want.

Discover Your Options

Once you’ve discovered what you want, you will have to discover your options. Decide, out of what you have accomplished so far, what worked and what didn’t. Figure out what tools and skills you possess to help you move forward. Decipher what kind of research you would need to complete to help you get to the next step. Figure out if there is anyone that could be of assistance to you. If this was a problem your friend was having, what advice would you give them?

Put Your Plan into Action

Once you’ve discovered your options, it’s time to put them into action. Examine your list of ideas and discover what the easiest or smallest step would be for you to take first. Find out which options or ideas intrigue you the most—these will make a good starting point. Make a goal to complete three of your actions in the coming week.

Once you’ve decided on your actions and your starting point, make the commitment. One great way to make the commitment is to put pen-to-paper. Write down your end goal, along with the smaller goals that you need to accomplish along the way in order to reach your end goal. If you map out your plan, it will be much easier to navigate through it.

Hold yourself accountable—tell someone, make a schedule, and reward yourself when you finish each action. When attempting to accomplish something that we are afraid of failing at, we tend to want to hold it in and not tell anyone else about our plans. This is a great disservice to ourselves because if we don’t let anyone know about our goals, then if we quit, we are the only ones who know. By telling friends and family about our goal, we will be held more accountable for our actions and for following through on our plan.

Hold Yourself to It

Once you’ve figured out your plan to achieve your goal, you need to make a schedule and hold yourself to it. Make weekly goals for yourself. Not only will this help you stay accountable to your goal, but it will also make your goal seem less daunting if it’s broken up into small, weekly goals that are more attainable. At the end of each week, treat yourself for accomplishing the goal. This will keep you motivated and positive in order to help you continue on your journey. Follow these steps and you’ll find yourself on your way to accomplishing your goals.

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