Are you trying to make your practice run much smoother?
Are you looking to start a new law firm?
When faced with these challenges the first thing we tend to do is plan how to get our desired result.
And therein lies an insidious trap.
Because we tend to assume that getting what we want has to be difficult.
In many cases, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as we first imagine.
Tim Ferriss is the best selling author of The Four Hour Workweek (and a successful tech-investor) who discovered how to escape this kind of assumption.
Here’s the question he discovered one day while journaling and trying to solve a thorny problem…
If this was easy, what would it look like?
Ferriss says this “is such a lovely and deceptively leveraged question.”
And he’s right.
But let’s see what else he has to say…
“It’s easy to convince yourself that things need to be hard, that if you’re not redlining, you’re not trying hard enough. This leads us to look for paths of most resistance, creating unnecessary hardship in the process.
But what happens if we frame things in terms of elegance instead of strain? In doing so, we sometimes find incredible results with ease instead of stress.
Sometimes, we “solve” the problem by simply rewording it.”
So what’s an example of a problem that could have been made easier by rewording it?
Well, this one involving NASA is a good one.
And it makes you wonder…what problems are you making harder by not asking this question?