Is It Your Problem?

It’s so common for a human keeps on complaining or telling people that he or she facing a lot of problems, which are so annoying. Instead of thinking for solutions, they are wasting time. Sometimes, I think whether they are gossiping about other people’s problem, or really seeking for people’s opinion for their problem solutions.

Do you ever think that what is a problem to you? I give you some scenarios:

Scenario a)      Your neighbour quarrel in the late night, made you awake from sweet dream.

Scenario b)      Your husband doesn’t return home for 2 days, without informing you earlier.

Scenario c)      Your daughter refuses to go to school since yesterday.

Scenario d)     You are production manager. The goal for daily output is 50k units, but you just achieve 48k units averagely.

Are you clear about the scenarios above? Ok, next, identify which one is a problem to you, and which one is not. Done? Fine. I think you may already have reasons in your mind why it is or it isn’t your problem. Now let me tell you some guidelines how to determine whether it is a problem to you. Yes to all 3 criteria  = your problem, otherwise, it is not your problem. The criteria are:

Criteria 1)      There is a gap or deviation between the actual situation and the situation it should be.

Criteria 2)      The cause is unknown.

Criteria 3)      You need to know the root cause.

Now compare your answer with mine in the following matrix:


Criteria 1

Criteria 2

Criteria 3

Your Problem?


The normal condition is supposed to be quiet night, but that night is noisy, so  there’s a gap Fulfill.

The reason that leads to your neighbour’s quarreling is unknown. Fulfill.

You do not need to know the reason that leads to your neighbor’s quarreling. Not fulfill.



Normally, your husband returns home everyday, but now he is not. There is deviation. Fulfill.

You do not know why your husband not going home. Fulfill.

You definitely need to know the reasons behind.



Your daughter likes going to school, but now feel reluctant. There is a gap. Fulfill.

You do not know the reason she reacts abnormally. Fulfill.

You need to know the reasons behind.



There is a gap between your actual achievement and the goal. Fulfill.

The cause is unknown. Fulfill.

I’m sure you need to know the root cause (s).


I think by now you should be able to get the hints. So, as a wise person, look at the situation carefully. Figure out what it is that you are trying to solve. This will be your problem. The next step will be brainstorming to get the best solution.


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