Three Steps to Effective Problem Solving as Modeled by A GPS
Have you ever been frustrated by your online marketing efforts and completely overwhelmed? The shiny objects out there are so attractive to us, so we go after them. And then we don’t seem to be making any headway at all.
I had that situation with wanting to start presenting webinars. I knew they were a good thing to be doing – but I just felt overwhelmed by how to get from point A to point B.
To solve my problem, I actually followed the 3 steps illustrated to us by our trusty ol' GPSes. (GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is a device used to direct us when we are driving somewhere.)
1. Set your goal where you want to go. If you want to go out to eat at an Ethiopian restaurant in the city, you have to get the address first in order to set that destination in the GPS. (Okay - I know - most of them can find the address for you themselves, but that is beside the point.)
Do you know where you want to go with the particular problem you are trying to solve? This could mean you need to do some learning, studying, researching, or asking others to learn where you want to go.
In parenting, you might have the goal to eliminate whining from your children. So you will learn what others did to get that result.
In your health, you might want to lose weight. So you spend time learning about healthy weight loss options and healthy eating.
With learning how to do webinars, I took time to research the different platforms available, the best way to present, and deciding how to proceed.
Learning has to go hand in hand with setting a goal.
Now that you know where you want to go, you get it all programmed into your GPS. What is the next step?
2. Take action. You pull out onto the street and get going! Taking action is necessary or you never will get to your destination.
To eliminate whining, you begin giving consequences for whining. You praise your child when whining wasn't used.
With weightloss efforts, you make healthier choices. You visualize your new slim self as you drink your breakfast protein shake.
I actually have said MANY times that I needed to begin to present webinars. But . . . I wasn't taking action. The lofty goal was there - but there was no action to follow through. Recently I took action and did all three steps.
Which brings me to the third step that trips up a lot of people (no pun intended):
3. Recalculate. If you have the joy of owning a Garmin GPS, you have most likely experienced the lovely voice saying "recalculating" when you decide to make a detour from her specific instructions.
Recalculating needs to happen when we are in the "taking action" step and something doesn't work that well. We have to make a few corrections to the plan we are implementing.
In parenting, maybe the consequence of time out wasn't working too well. In fact, your child seemed to like time in his room. So you "recalculate" and switch to "no media" for a consequence.
In your weight loss efforts, you found out that you just didn't enjoy that particular exercise video. So you "recalculate" and add in a daily 30 minute walk instead.
With my pursuit of learning webinar marketing, I found that the first platform I tried resulted in an echo with my trial run. So I found another one to try out and evaluate. Bingo. I "recalculated" and kept on my journey.
Then you go back to step 2 of take action, followed by step 3 of recalculating when needed, focusing on the goal, until you reach your final destination.
And yes, I did reach my destination. My first webinar slides are all ready and the next step is to get it scheduled and send out the invitations. I’m excited to keep moving forward.
What problem are you grappling with right now?
Try the GPS guide to effective problem solving with these 3 steps.