Monday, November 1, 2010

Left, Centre or Right?

Ever reached a point in your life when you couldn't remember how you got there, didn't want to be there and had absolutely no idea how to get out?

When you feel that way, everything seems so difficult: even the most simple change is like turning a ship in rough seas without a rudder. The reality is we sometimes need to take time out to consider our situation and make some decisions about what is the best course of action available to us.

Back in the day I was taught that even the most complex problems can be reduced to three choices: Left, Centre or Right.

It's that simple! From there, everything evolves in terms of considering the pros and cons of each option. I still apply this basic principle in dealing with just about everything. I believe the complexities of modern life encourage many of us to overcomplicate consideration of inherently simple problems. We make everything sound more difficult than it is and the prospect of identifying any solution seems inconceivable.

Next time, try to step back from the situation and look at it with a view to identifying three different courses of action you could take: this is your Left, Centre or Right.

Honestly, Left, Centre or Right. It doesn't need to be any harder than that. What do you think?

All the best,

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  1. Guess what? I used this method today and must say: it did bring three clear potential courses of action to mind a LOT easier than struggling through endless options myself.

    So I might be biased, but you rock, darling. X

  2. Must be the training Adjt! Just the other day Lucy commented that I always give her three choices; whether it be for dinner or holiday destination. I have also found that once you reduce an issue to three options, one will always stand out.