How To Be A Resourceful Thinker

More effectiveness in the hard task of thinking

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. — Albert Einstein

Thinking. It’s a difficult task and we all hate it. We love the outcome of something that is well thought out, but we don’t like doing the actual work of thinking, it’s hard and requires energy, effort and focus.

However, thinking is very likely the most profitably and effective thing we can do with our time. How does one expect to do something or achieve some level of expertise or experience without allowing the mind to at least go there first?

It is through the thinking process that we arrive at clarity, and clarity allows us to execute and achieve our desired outcomes. We all crave clarity, yet all dread getting there.

When you have a clear mission and know what needs to happen, it’s relatively easy to pound through it and make it happen. Why do you think effective leadership is so important? Well, a great leader can clarify and distill down the direction in which you should go, and provides a vision of the path to seeing desired achievement become reality.

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. — Plato

Right along with being a great thinker and allowing meandering thoughts and pondering to turn into clarity and effective execution is the idea of resourcefulness. Meaning, “the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.”

Quick and Clever.

That’s perfect. You might not know the absolute best way to do it right off the bat, but your ability to be resourceful and quickly think through possibilities enables your arrival at successful completion much faster.

In the day and age where we live with Google at our fingertips of multiple devices, many of which who can literally understand our own voice, there is hardly ever a reason to not scour the search results for 10 min before embarking on a custom made solution to the problem you face.

Yes, that requires a bit of typing and even reading, but 9 times out of 10 you’ll find the exact or close to the exact solution to whatever with which you may be struggling.

If you haven’t Googled it or tried the help menu, you probably haven’t attempted to use the “resources” available to current predicament.

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. — Henry Ford

Sure, thinking is difficult. Remembering all the resources you have available can be difficult, but that is no reason to throw it away. The biggest problem I’ve encountered over the past couple of years is the inability to own something and see it through to completion, and use the resources and thinking ability to come up with a solution.

There will always be problems, and there is always a solution, it may just require a bit more thought than you anticipated.