Hi there, my name is Jeff Arthur with The Values Conversation here today to talk about not really being able to avoid the problems like we think we can. 30 years ago I’m sitting in a seminar and a gentleman by the name of Steve Siemens, from that time he was from Des Moines, Iowa, said something that was so profound that 30 years later I can stand in front of you today and quote what he said. He said, “In every area of our lives right now, in every area, we’re in one of three stages no matter what. We’re either about to deal with a problem, we’re in the middle of dealing with a problem, or we just got done dealing with a problem.”
I sat there thinking, “Let me think, he’s right. I am either about to deal with a problem, I’m dealing with a problem right now, or I just got done dealing with a problem.” His point was this, and I repeat that for us today, he said, “Why is it if we’re always in one of three stages in every one of areas of our life, why is it we pour so much energy into trying to avoid problems? We can’t, but what we can do is put our energy, effort and focus into how to better deal with problems when we have to fight them.”
Can’t avoid them. Perhaps I should put more energy into learning how to deal with them better. My name is Jeff Arthur with The Values Conversation. You can find out more about us online at tvcleadership.com.