Do you want to do something great with your life?  Do you want your life to truly count?  Do you want to make your mark in this world?  I do not think any leader wants a life of mediocrity.  No leader wants to be average or insignificant.  We all want to live remarkable lives.

But living a remarkable life does not come easy.  There is a price to pay for success.  It is going to fight back.  You will encounter problems and those problems will have to solved.

Today, Ike Reighard, the wonderful senior pastor of Piedmont Church in Marietta, GA, preached a message on problem solving.  Whether you lead a church, business, non-profit, or athletic organization, these lessons are vital in achieving your full potential.  You can watch the service by clicking HERE.

The following are 6 Ways Great Leaders Solve Problems.  Then I will provide additional thoughts from Ike to help you:

  1. Identify The Problem.  The problem is always to identify the problem.  The solution will eventually become obvious.
  2. Gather Information.  Do not rush to solution.  Information must first be gathered at one level. Decisions will be made at another.
  3. List Solutions.  Writing things down is important.  Writing things down commits it to memory.
  4. Test Solutions.  Jim Collins teaches in his book Great By Choice to fire bullets, then cannonballs.  This could be described as trial and error or research and development.
  5. Select A Solution.  Make a decision.
  6. Put A Plan Into Action.  Passivity is the enemy of problem solving.

Ike added the following 10 additional comments on problem solving:

  • “If we can do what is possible, then God is responsible for doing the impossible.”
  • “God has to have a position of prominence before decisions are made.”  In other words, Ike was teaching us not to go out on our own, make a mess of things, and then ask God to bail us out.
  • “You have to remain obedient.”
  • “Don’t let your problems become the problem.”
  • “Our faith is our reaction to God’s ability.”
  • “The way to get God’s wonder tomorrow is to sanctify yourself today.”
  • “Humility is the truest ingredient to experience holiness.”
  • “An awareness of God is an awareness of your sin.”
  • “Sometimes we get trapped by 8-foot ceilings.”
  • “I don’t want a job.  I want a calling.”

What step are you at in terms of solving your problems?


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