Probably all of the 7.5 habits have their easy and difficult aspects. But one that feels absolutely foreign to me is #3: “View problems as challenges.”
When I want to make some bread, I need space on the kitchen counter. If the counter is littered with dishes that need washing and supplies that need putting away, I tend to view that as a problem. Really, what kind of pollyanna views a counter full of dishes to wash as a “challenge”? Perhaps I’m not thinking of the right kind of problem.
There are certainly problems whose solutions I’d like to understand better. When my computer offers me one kind of glitch or another that prevents me from doing what I need to, I really would like to teach myself how to fix the problem: crack open a tech-book, or search (or post to) relevant discussion boards. But do I have the time for this? Usually not. I just want the jackass computer to do what it’s supposed to do.
Well, maybe the idea isn’t totally alien to me. When I realized that the APPI had no authority control, I saw the challenge of bringing its headings toward some kind of order. But I also view that as an integral part of my job from which I shouldn’t hope to be spared.
This one’s harder. As I look at them, I see difficulty with them all. (Though they sounded easy during the slide show.) But let’s try #1: “Begin with an end in mind.”
I’m good a coming up with goals. There’s lots I want to learn, and I’m good at enumerating those things.