If we are honest with ourselves, we all desire a quick fix to what ails us. There must be a simple pill, an “easy” button, or a conference we can attend to pump us up enough to address our greatest challenges immediately with a few simple steps. And if that does not work, lottery winnings can ensure that plenty of money will take care of everything.
We all know the odds of winning the lottery are very slim, but the potential for a massive quick fix always taps into a deep yearning within all of us. With regards to money and the quick fix, I think Sigmund Freud said it best when he described that given a choice between treating rich or poor patients, he would always choose rich because they already know that money will not solve their most difficult problems.
As we continue on our journey to build and strengthen our character, we need to genuinely confront the areas in our lives where we are still silently waiting for a quick fix to our challenges. Just like winning the lottery, the odds are stacked against us, so the most effective choice is to plan and prepare to make steady progress in the right direction to address our most challenging struggles…and start working the plan.
If I were to ask you, “What are the most difficult problems you face today?” What would you say?
Once we move beyond the myth of the quick fix, we can begin to make progress in addressing our most difficult problems. The consistent, daily implementation of effective habits, not an intervention of the next “great” idea, is the only proven method for addressing our greatest struggles in life.
Here are a few thoughts on the habits we can make part of our routine:
- Do we care enough to solve this one? This is a helpful question to ask as solving our most difficult problems will take effort and focus every single day. We can’t do everything, so answering this question will help narrow our efforts to what matters most in life.
- Do we know what it looks like in the end? Clearly being able to see what the goal is will help keep us remain on a consistent path. The clearer we have the goal defined, the better our chances of achievement.
- Do we believe we can achieve it? It will be incredibly difficult to effectively address our struggles if we don’t genuinely believe they can be solved. Start to believe now.
- Principle-based habits. We should guide our thoughts, decisions and actions based on principles like honesty, commitment, compassion, and hope as we go about our daily activities to address our most difficult problems.
- The journey to address our greatest struggles is a life-long pursuit. Our focus should be on learning and growing as we journey along which will set a solid example for others to follow.
As we walk away from the myth of the quick fix and become intentional about delivering on the habits that will lead to effectively addressing our most difficult problems, we will build and strengthen our character and Character Creates Opportunity to reach our full potential.