Step up or step back?

Often we are encouraged to step up and take the lead in overcoming challenges. The more exposed we are, the more we learn, and the wiser we become. Understanding what are the challenges, how to overcome them, and taking actions are all imperative. Unfortunately, not many would like to conquer them all. Some love dwelling into the ‘what‘ but never really try overcoming them. Some figured out the ‘how‘ but actions are not necessarily taken.

Those who enjoy problem solving could not wait a second to make it a routine. Stepping up in providing and executing solutions come naturally at finger tips and can potentially become a habit. On the contrary, those who aren’t interested would rather take a back seat. For them, knowing the problem is as good as solving the problem. Ignorance is expected at times so someone else could solve it instead.

The truth is, problem solving is part of our daily life. We do it unconsciously for challenges encountered before, and consciously over new encounters. Accumulated experiences make us better over time.

Admittedly, it feels good to be appreciated as the go-to person, because it strengthens competence perception in the eyes of others.

At the same time, too much problem solving can be overwhelming. Besides, not all circumstances require immediate solutions. Taking a step back can sometimes be beneficial too. Apart from having more time spent on diagnosis in quest for longer term and reliable solutions, one can also promote opportunity for others to step up in their game. If solutions are always readily given, others may take learning for granted and become overly dependent on problem solvers. This is especially critical if you are playing a coaching role for younger generation.

Challenges are key to survival and growth. In encouraging others to step up, stepping back could sometimes do the magic.

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