Problems can take on a life of their own. Have you ever had a problem start to multiple? What was one problem is now two, three or more. Everywhere you turn this seemingly little problem is present in some form or another.
As an example, take an employee that is missing work or in some other way not following the rules of engagement. You let the actions of the person go because you feel the problem will right itself. It doesn’t – instead you begin to see other people missing work, deadlines or doing faulty work. The original employee may still be just missing work but now you have other problems with more employees.
You could ask yourself the question “why” and that may be an option. But as you are asking yourself that question the problem continues to grow. What is a better way to handle the problem? Have a plan and stick to the plan.
When we do nothing we are also causing undue stress to ourselves. (add that to the growing problems list). When we make up a plan and then stick to it we reduce the stress and allow not only ourselves but others to see that we are in motion to find a solution. Your plan does not have to be perfect and many times you will need to make adjustments based on circumstances. However, you are taking the steps to find the solution and that is powerful.