Considering you have landed on the FLDWRK blog, chances are you’re a person who has ideas or who is dreaming up possible solutions to the problems you see in the world. You might not even recognize your ideas as a solution — but chances are, your ideas are born of out seeing how things could be better. The understanding of your solution is obviously important (we address that here) — but what is even more important is your understanding of the root problem. What is your idea or solution actually trying to resolve? In other words, what’s the problem?
The problem dictates the solution, not the other way around.
Sometimes we find ourselves with ideas to what we perceive the problem to be, rather than what the problem actually is. In order to provide an effective solution, we must have a deep understanding of what the problem actually is. We want to actively work to heal a problem at the root, and not just slap a flimsy band-aid on it. We cannot say it enough — your understanding of the problem fully determines every step moving forward.
Our experience, proximity, and familiarity with a problem often gives us the passion, clarity, and wisdom to address and locate a solution that will be sustainable. So it’s time to put your idea for a solution on the back burner and focus on the problem instead. As you do this you may find that you’re surprised at what you discover about the root cause of the problem.
What’s Really Going On?
If you’re still reading you’re likely asking yourself how to find the root of the problem. It’s actually an ongoing process with many layers. But for now, if you’ve never made a problem statement that defines what issue your idea will address, the time to do it is now.
Answer these questions:
How would you currently explain the problem you have observed in the world?
What are some of the consequences you see in the world or for people as a result of this problem?
How have you personally experienced or interacted with the problem that you’d like to address?
What are 3 issues or factors that may contribute to the problem you have observed.
Now that you’ve thought of a few root causes that may contribute to the problem, can you make any changes to how you explain the problem?
Write your problem statement down and share it with someone!
P.S. If you’re looking to take action on an idea or you’ve already started we’d love to talk to you about individual and group coaching where we dive deeper into the complexities of starting, launching, growing, and leading world-changing work.