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The glass is neither half full nor half empty, maybe it’s just the wrong size.

wrong_sized_glassI am sure you have heard it said there are two kinds of people – those that see the glass half empty and those that see it half full. I have a different definition than “glass half empty/half full”. Rather, I think the two kinds of people that exist are those that believe there is a solution to every problem and those that believe there are problems with no solution. In other words, I tend to think the glass is neither half full or half empty but rather you (team, company, etc) may be using (or are being tempted to use) the wrong sized glass. Think about it.

There was a time when everyone accepted that there were problems with no solution. My mom, now 85, remembers as a child looking at the moon and thinking it was too far away for anyone to ever walk on it. I remember watching the first man walk on the moon and thinking what’s the big deal. I had not lived long enough to be told it could never happen. I am part of a group of people that believes nothing is impossible with enough time, money, sacrifice and tenaciousness.

In the last 50 years, mankind is proving that impossible problems can be solved – we live in an amazing time. Which begs the question: What kind of person are you? At work, do you believe that with enough thought, energy, teamwork, communication, priority and creativity there is no problem that can’t be addressed or do you see a problem and think “we can never fix it”?

I’d rather find a solution and to do that you need to:

  1. Assess which problem really needs immediate attention. Eat the elephant one bite at a time.
  2. Ensure you account for all the resources you have – all of them. Dig deep. There is more available than you think. Using what you have differently may help.
  3. Be willing to solve the problem a different way. Keep the end game in mind. Be willing to change how you do something. Be flexible.
  4. While there is always a solution, don’t be misled by short cuts. Keep your integrity. Two wrongs NEVER make a right.
  5. Believe. If you don’t, failure has already happened. To paraphrase Henry Ford, “If you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
  6. Keep it simple – the most elegant solutions are usually very simple.

Be Intentional,