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The Longer You Wait To Address A Problem, The Bigger It Gets

Author : Bernard Kirk   Top Author

Remember when you were at school and you put off studying for an important test?

The closer you got to the test date the greater the stress became. Eventually full panic set in and you studied day and night with an increasing degree of inefficiency.

The day of reckoning arrived and if you could not fake illness you went along and wrote the dreaded test, praying for the miracle that did not come.

Nothing has changed.

There is still a penalty for non- performance, and the stress of not addressing an issue is just as severe.

It’s almost as if a problem grows exponentially, relative to the amount of time you delay addressing it.

Think of something that you have to address but just don’t want to. Have you noticed that the longer you delay addressing it, the bigger or worse it becomes.

It could be a problem with another person, a chore that remains to be done or a habit that has to be kicked. Things just seem to get worse by putting it off . Relationships get worse because there is no communication, and small problems that could have been solved just become bigger.

So what can we do? Obviously, addressing the problem is the most effective way of making the problem go away.

What is needed though is discipline. Discipline to force yourself to over into action.

So here is the action plan that will help give you confidence to tackle problems.

The next problem that comes along your way-address it immediately with the intention of resolving the issue at hand right away.

You don’t have to be reckless about it, just handle it. If it’s a complicated financial issue you have ,obviously you have to think about it, but the key factor is to address it. Don’t say, “I have to get to it someday.” Look at it now. Work out what your desired outcome is with the pending problem you have, what your maximum fallback position will be, decide if you need help, and then go for it. You will find that mountains become hills, and your stress starts to decline as soon as the problem has been addressed. Set milestones for yourself-what needs to be completed by which time, and stick as close as possible to those deadlines.

Remember that procrastination is the fertilizer that helps to grow really big problems.

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The first thing Bernard Kirk tells his clients is that the absolute critical factor in any organization is people- especially the right people in the right jobs.

Bernard has focused on human behavior and its effect on performance.

With seventeen years of operational management, twenty- two years of strategy implementation for multiple entrepreneurs, professionals, high level businesses and politicians across the globe, Bernard is regarded by many as an expert in how people affect outcomes.

Having the right people that are motivated to do the right things in the right job is usually the difference between mediocrity and greatness for both the individual and the organization.

Bernard’s methods of determining what needs to be done by what type of person and how to select and retain those persons has attracted interest on an international basis. Bernard has consulted in the retail, hospitality, manufacturing, medical, recycling, professional, political and academic fields. He lives in Arizona, USA.

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