6 Point Strategy for Working Through a Challenge

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

This is a rough draft, but I just scribbled down a ‘6 point strategy for working through a challenge’. I believe the application is broad and you could use it for working towards a specific goal, it could be used for strategizing your way through a problem at work, in relationships, recovering from injury or pretty much anything really.

The reason behind creating the strategy is to empower you to take full control of your situation whilst making the most of your available resources. I could have gone into much greater detail in several of the areas, but I’ve tried to keep it as punchy and concise as possible.
Even if you think this kind of stuff isn’t your thing, please just try and give it a go..you could be pleasantly surprised. It would be great to hear some thoughts back on this and even better to get some feedback from some people who are prepared to give it a go. If you have any questions as usual..get in touch.

Before you begin, get a piece of paper and a pen;

1. Ask yourself “Am I doing everything I can to solve/remedy the situation?” If you are being 100% honest, it is likely you will answer “no” to this question.

2. If you are doing some things towards a solution, or even if you feel you have tried ‘everything’, ask yourself “Am I being/have I been consistent with my attempts?” Whether you are trying to influence someone for positive means, facilitate change in your own life or reach a goal, consistency is always the key. Some level of consistency in your behaviour, your actions, your decisions has got you where you are right now, so only consistency with your new strategy will result in lasting changes or your desired result.

3. List ALL potential strategies you have used or could use to solve your current challenge.

4. Use the list to look at what has had any degree of success, why it wasn’t more successful (look at consistency maybe), what has failed and what new approaches you can try.

5. Analyse/observe your motivations in particular in the strategies which have failed. In my experience, actions themselves are very much limited by the intention/motivation behind them. Let’s use an example of how even the most selfless looking deeds can have potentially very different intentions behind them. A large amount of money could be given away to a good cause, but the overall result of said action is dependent on the intention behind it. The motivation could be a form of guilt or penance, it could be an attempt to look good or feel important, it could be a way of control or manipulation, OR it could be a way of contribution inspired by love, by someone who is coming from a place of abundance. Only if it is coming from this place of love and contribution will it truly be successful. When such an act takes place, its power can be immeasurable, sending out ripples of change, like a pebble being dropped into a pool of water.

6. Ask yourself “Who is my greatest support?” and “What are my greatest resources?”. Quite often we isolate ourselves through challenging times, or look for people to blame. If our focus is here, we will not succeed and we will not be able to make the most of the supporting relationships around us. By blaming ourselves or focussing on being helpless, we will not be drawing on our own strengths and attributes (think resourcefulness, creativity, determination, courage, intelligence etc.)

By following the above steps, you are taking full responsibility for your situation and empowering yourself to successfully navigate through even some of the most daunting of challenges.


  1. Point #6 is definitely the one I need to work on most – looking for support in the relationships around me. I have a tendency to try and do everything by myself, but I’m working on it. thanks for the reminder! J

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