Look, we all have problems. All of us. Sure, they vary in size and severity, but we all have them. How we deal with them, how quickly we deal with them, and how committed we are to dealing with them will ultimately determine the role they play in our lives. Unfortunately, I know too many people who let problems linger (or pretend they don’t exist altogether) and find themselves in an insane pickle that is not easily remedied. So that inspired me to remind everyone about what I call “the rule of problems.”
Before we get started, let’s define “problem“.
1.a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.
The Rule of Problems
The Rule of Problems is stated as follows: If you have a small problem and choose to ignore it, the problem will grow. If your problem grows long enough, it will become a large problem. If your large problem goes unattended long enough, it will become chronic. When your large problem becomes a chronic problem, it will eventually explode. The longer you wait to deal with the problem, the more challenging it becomes to resolve. If you wait too long, it will become unsolvable.
This can be applied to anything. Financial neglect, personal neglect, mental neglect, health neglect, neglect of relationships, etc. If you know damn well that you have a problem and you’re closing your eyes, waiting for the “right time”, or wishing for it to resolve itself, you’re going to wake up one day with a chronic problem – or an explosion – that you’ll be forced to clean up.
It is so much easier to acknowledge and handle our problems today than in the future. Our weaknesses, stresses, anxieties, financial issues, weight, bad habits or lack of discipline are nothing compared to the mess created by neglect or procrastination compounded over time.
It may not be sexy to do the hard work necessary to handle your problems now. I know we all just want to be perfect little snowflakes. I know you don’t have the time. But look – you either handle your stuff now when you are in control, or you’ll have the opportunity to handle it later when you’re picking up the pieces.
So let’s go.