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When Faced with an Obstacle, What do you do?

When faced with an obstacle, what do you do? by Sal Celly

Hi, everyone. I want to write about a very important topic-when you are faced with an obstacle, what do you do? Now this obstacle can be in your personal life or in your professional life. The key is, how do you react to that obstacle. It may be a small problem, it may be a big problem, it may be a speed breaker, or it may be an actual barricade, which you cannot cross.

Impact of the obstacle

Some people get all freaked out, they get emotional, they have a panic attack, and they don’t know what to do. Others completely freeze and they get into a state of inertia. What I suggest you do is the third option- very realistically and without emotion, logically and rationally look at what the problem is, what impact it’s going to have on your desired direction, and then list out potential alternatives and solutions to solve the problem.

Rationally Evaluate all Potential Options

In addition, for each of those potential solutions, list out the pros and the cons, the ability for you to execute and the cost of that solution. The costs need not be just monetary- it could be cost in terms of resources, time, and other resources and other people’s skill sets as well as the opportunity cost of allocating resources here instead of elsewhere. Once you’ve done that, and you’ve evaluated all potential outcomes, then you rank them based on a combination of ability to execute and impact. And that’s when you look at a weighted average of each of those outcomes, then you choose the one that has the highest weighted score.

This is a very logical way of analyzing the problem. Looking at potential options and coming to a solution. You can do this, if it is a problem in your work life, you can also do it if it is a problem in your personal life. The key is to try to and make this as objective as possible and to minimize the subjectivity. The actual cost and ability to execute should be identified and quantified if possible. It’s not always possible to do quantitative analysis. But wherever it is, it’s a good exercise. If you cannot do quantitative, then I suggest you do qualitative in the same way and you assign them rankings. When you do this, you will come up with a solution.

I’ll give you an example. We actually came across this problem where we needed some images for our blogs. The recommendation I got from one of my business partners was a particular website. And I checked that out-while it had what we were looking for, it was very expensive in terms of cost and required us to pay a significant amount each month. Now the question was, what do I do?

We obviously needed the images, so I started looking at alternatives. Some of the options were a little cheaper, but after reading the reviews and doing my own research, I felt and saw that those cheaper options were not user friendly and the interface and process to download images and use them, was very complicated and clunky. I eventually got to a solution, which was a lot cheaper and user friendly.

Execution is Critical

I went ahead and took that opportunity. I chose that solution, and then I executed it. The key is to not get into an analysis paralysis process, not to get freaked out, and get frozen. The right approach is to take a step back, do the analysis and do the research, and then arrive at a decision and conclusion. All this is worthless, if you fail to execute after you have got to the decision. Without execution, nothing is gained and implemented in a practical way. We executed upon the identified solution. And now we have the images and it’s come out really well. So please follow the same logic of taking the right steps when faced with an obstacle and let me know how that goes. This is Sal Celly. Thank you. For any comments or feedback, please email us at info@maximizeu.life

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