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10.08.2022 Article

How to solve complex problems using Leon Shimkins's method of eliminating his worries

By Adams Boribi
How to solve complex problems using Leon Shimkins's method of eliminating his worries
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I call it the PCPS principle.

This PCPS method will teach you how to solve complex problems for yourself. Also, in an organizational setting, it could be useful in addressing crises.

Our lives are invariably dominated by countless issues which in our own capacities, we think we can't handle. We can! Only that as Jay Shetty said, our problems decrease when our knowledge increases and those problems increase when our knowledge decreases. Because of this, as long as troubles are inevitable in our lives, we must continue to update ourselves with the newest messages to help us solve those problems whenever they arrive.

But in solving an issue or a complex problem, the first delicate thing to hook ourselves onto is to avoid emotions. What I mean is that in solving crises, do not be led by your bad feelings. Otherwise, you can't obtain the true results.

For instance, situations when you had financial losses, or you had failed an exam or as a businessman, you started losing customers rapidly: It could be sucking or stinking but when you are caught in any of the above, know that there is also always a way out and that's exactly what we are to do here.

The good aspect of putting emotions aside is that psychologically when you do, your rational mind gets the opportunity to open up for you to think smoothly and when your brain runs smoothly, you can make decent decisions quickly eliminating whatever issue you may chance.

To begin with, using the PCPS principle:

P means *Problem*. The prime thing to do is for me to ask, what is my problem? So ask yourself as well, what are you worrying about or what is the real problem and if it's in an organizational setting, what is the main problem this institution is facing?

State it clearly and concisely. If you make it vague, you will be confused and confusion is the chief cause of worry, (Dean Herbert E. Hawkes). So don't be vague.

For instance, with me, I want to get my tiny *fermiGot* business boomed back to life. That's my biggest worry.

Maybe, with you, yours is that you are thinking and looking for a comfortable organization to do your national service---that's your worry. It could also be a job you are searching for or something else because problems sometimes are personal...that's fine, also. So state the problem clearly.

Secondly, C means *Cause*. What is the cause of the problem? Definitely, something must have brought about that problem, figure it out.

Be sincere to figure out the cause of the problem and here, be specific and clear as well. Be careful not to be biased and yes, be objective as much as possible as said again by Dean Herbert. So be sincere to figure out the cause of the problem by securing the facts even if that hurts your ego.

For example, my fermiGot business is lagging *because* I am losing my customers nowadays. But asked, what am I doing wrong? What am I doing which is expelling customers? Asking this truthfully would lead me to the fact I spoke about hence, must accept it, whatever it may be.

Possibly, you are confused about the organization to do your national service *because* you decided very late. You were relaxed in the beginning when everyone else was seriously looking for one. So that's the main *cause* and also the truth. Knowing the main cause might not only help you avoid repeating the same mistakes but would also teach you the right steps to take. I meant knowing the main cause might not only help you avoid repeating the same flaws but would also teach you which ways to kickstart with the problem. Therefore, figure out the main cause of the issue.

Thirdly, P stands for *Possible solutions.* After having figured the problem and the cause(s) out, what are the possible solutions you suggest? Sit down and think out; what could you do to solve that trouble or those troubles?

Write them down and discuss them. The discussion comes when you are in a team where everyone had contributed an idea. Make a long list. Simply put, try suggesting many options to yourself and getting them down on a white or brown sheet.

For instance, pertinent to my fermiGot business, I am going to do the following:

1. Well, let me start talking to new customers, or?

2. Should I get back to some of those old customers who left and talk to them?

3. Maybe, I should reconsider my pricing!

4. Ok, I remember, I must improve upon the taste of my product.

5. If I seek new knowledge from those already existing in the market, that could help too.

But as for you, because you want to do national service, probably, you would list the possible solutions as:

1. To speak to close friends who have connections with bigger companies that are willing to recruit.

2. To again speak to other relatives who may also know a politician and can quickly link you up.

3. To sift through the internet for a list of organizations and take the pain within that short time to find out about the requirements they need, hence attempting to apply.

4. Or to simply relax and wait or rely on NSS-NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME/SECRETARIAT'S haphazard posting. And...

5. To do special posting or special reposting to get the organization of your choice.

Those are the possible solutions to your concern and remember you must be sincere to yourself otherwise, you will list wrong answers.

Finally, S is the *Solution*. Now, Choose one nice and reliable *solution* from the many possibilities and work with it---execute it. You can choose two but calm down and go ahead and do it. The reason you will get the problem solved is that in figuring out what the problem and the cause are, you were objective and not biased. The moment you didn't figure them out with objectivity, you will find it difficult to solve it (problem). But if you were sincere, it will get solved by itself.

That's why the same Dean Herbert again said, "If a man will devote his time to securing facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge."

So when it comes to the best solution for my fermiGot, I will choose; option _5. Ask for new knowledge from those already existing in the market._

And perhaps, you will focus on choosing; option _1. To speak to close friends who have connections with bigger companies that are willing to recruit._

Then, of course, go ahead and do it. If you select without execution, all the hell of your time and patience will get bounced back. Execution is key in this regard.

When you do that you would likely get rid of your bigger issues and get yourself out of the hot shell and start moving smoothly and courageously.

If this PCPS method had still not satisfied you, then think of it like this; it's just a *framework* that guides us to eliminate our worries.

So let's make a recap:

First is the problem so state it clearly and understandably.

Second is the Cause of the problem.

The third is the possible solutions and...

Lastly, the solution or final solution itself---followed by implementation.

There are other methods of solving problems but in the meantime, let's practice this and see how that helps us. Sir Bernard Shaw said 'if you teach a man anything, he will never learn.' He is simply talking about *practising* as the best way to learn.

This entire idea was first used by Dale Carnegie in his book; _How to stop worrying and start living_. But he also said we hardly succeed in what we do unless we add fun to it. So let's have fun when necessary.

AdamIntegrated... 🙏🏻😊

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