We as men are dealt the heavy hand of responsibility. We bring home the bacon, check loud noises in the middle of the night, clean the mouse traps, and protect our family from wild bears. The Man of the household is entrusted to be capable of handling all situations that may present themselves. This is not only a keystone of civilization, but a right of passage, which all men must pass on to future generations if we are to survive as a people.
That being said, it’s often tempting to take the easy way out and pass the buck instead of taking the responsibility. I was always taught that real men pass the credit and take the blame. The best way to handle a problem is to face it head on, grab it firmly by the nipples, and twist.
TAKE A CHILL PILL
The natural response of any big problem is to panic. This does nothing but worsen the problem and muddle your thinking process. Mixed martial arts fighters in the UFC are trained to keep their composure in the harshest scenarios. Keeping your cool while a 200 lbs. gorilla has you in an arm bar is vital to the fighter’s survival. He must remain calm, collect his thoughts, and plan his attack. The same principle can be applied to any problem. Freaking out does nothing but compound the problem.
BREAK THE PROBLEM INTO MANAGEABLE PIECES
The problem may seem daunting and insurmountable, which causes many lesser men to give up before giving it the ol’ college try. Break the problem into chunks with indicated checkpoints. This will help you organize the plan and give you encouragement towards completing the entire task.
MAKE A CHECKLIST
Checklists may seem corny and useless, but sometimes it’s good to have a list of things to do written down. This helps to organize your thoughts, reminds you of things to do, and helps prioritize by attacking the most important tasks first.
As a joke, we recreated this problem solving chart for fun. It totally misrepresents everything I just said, but it is pretty funny.