“The best solutions will be found through loving thoughts and perhaps a good cup of coffee.” ~ Jen Vondenbrink
Finding Win-Win Solutions
What I’ve found to be true is the best, most creative solutions come when I give up the “have to” thoughts and instead focus on loving thoughts. When a solution presents itself from this process, I find myself saying, “Of course, that is the right way to go.”
Loving thoughts are those that have no agenda but the good for all concerned. In the business world, this may be called a “win-win” solution. No one loses. Everyone gains.
Rational Solutions and Goals Wither Away (or stress you out)
When you engage in only rational, solution oriented thoughts, you arrive at a very long, overwhelming to do list. Literally, your heart will not be in it. As you proceed, you begin to dread each action. Soon what seemed like the perfect solution, ends up being pushed to the side, ignored or faced with obstacle after obstacle.
I’ve seen this in my own personal life with my financial goals, weight loss or even relationships. The more I solely focus with my head, the more disillusioned I become.
I’ve also seen this in corporate and business goals. At the beginning of the fiscal year, anything seems possible. Budgets are refreshed. Outlooks are positive. Goals are set with heads not hearts. By this time of year, panic sets in because you haven’t looked at those goals in months. When you do, you realize you are off the mark. Then you spend the rest of the year trying to make up the difference.
I fall into this trap. Every year I dedicate a notebook to the following year’s goals. I engage my brain in what logically makes sense. I write plans. I write calendars. Last month I looked at my 2015 notebook. Sure I’ve accomplished some of the objectives, but the project I’m most passionate about, the social media mastery program planned for September wasn’t even on my radar. That solution came strictly from my heart, and it has been a joy to work on.
Grab A Cup of Coffee
If you have a problem you are struggling to solve, grab a cup of coffee, tea or your favorite beverage. Find a quiet spot and engage your heart in a solutions discussion. If doing this is new, you will need to pay attention to the small whispers. They won’t seem like much, but capture them for they are the seeds of something great.