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W.I.N. Wednesday: What are you fixing?

There is a Japanese proverb I have been using in my seminars for years which says, “Fix the problem, not the blame.”

Fixing the blame is easy. You just point the finger of blame in any direction and say, “It is your fault.” “It is their fault.”

You can point the finger of blame at your parents, your spouse, your boss, your co-workers, your company, all levels of government, or a different race or group in society. It is pretty easy to find someone to blame.

You can blame them for your failures, the quality of your education or your lack of education, your financial situation, your happiness, your health issues, your weight, your lack of advancement, and the economy. You can even blame them for the conscious choices and decisions to make. If there is something in your life, or in the world that you are unhappy about, you can find someone else to blame.

Or, you can seek to fix the problem. Being a problem identifier is easy. Being a problem solver, a problem fixer, is harder. It is harder because it starts with you standing up and accepting responsibility. It starts with admitting you own a piece of this and therefore, you can help fix it. It starts with stepping away from pointing the finger of blame at others and stepping in front of the mirror of responsibility. It starts with changing the conversation from blame to solutions.

Fixing the problem is not about trying to change changing the world overnight. It is about changing your attitude and starting to think and act like a problem solver. It is about asking, “Where can the smallest change make the biggest difference.” The change starts with your attitude, your thoughts and your beliefs.

When you think, act and believe you can make a difference, you start to take small steps, small actions. Those small actions have a ripple effect. They influence the people close to you and inspire them to take action. Their new thoughts, beliefs and actions influence the people closest to them and the ripple continues.

We live in a world right now where the focus is on playing the Blame Game. It makes for great press coverage. It inflames people’s emotions. It results in a lot of screaming, yelling, backstabbing and a lack of productivity and opportunity. At the extremes it results in rioting, burning, looting, attacking and killing. All of which leads to more finger pointing and more blaming.

What’s Important Now? Get out of the blame game. Become a problem solver. Fix the problem, not the blame. Commit to small, right actions every day. Become an agent of change.

Take care.

Brian Willis


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