OK, we have a problem. Yet do we really know what the problem is? There is a also a video for this insight which is a component of the Effective Problem Solving Course.
As I sit having a [pleasant breakfast] I know that this simply has to be too good to be true.
I was right. It was too good to be true as my wife yells down from upstairs, "Honey are you finally going to get that [unsightly growth] around the bottom of the bird feeder cleaned up today?" And there goes my [pleasant breakfast], among other things.
Now the history of how I got into this predicament flashes before my eyes and I'll unfold it for you in all it's agonizing reality.
I typically deal with a lot of [frustration] about various things which usually detracts from my [pleasant breakfast], among other things.
On several mornings watching he [birds outside] created a [pleasant breakfast] and seemed to significantly helped me deal with my [frustration]. This was a delightful change of events and I thought it might be a good thing if I could ensure this happened more often.
The situation as it unfolded encouraged me to make a [bird feeder] as I thought it would attract more [birds outside] creating even more [pleasant breakfasts] in the future. Little did I know!
As it turned out the [bird feeder] did increase [birds at feeder] which increased the [birds outside] and resulted in more [pleasant breakfasts]. At least this part I got right, I thought. What I forgot is that you can never do just one thing!
More [birds at feeder] increases the [attractiveness of garden] which would seem to be a good thing.
The improved [attractiveness of garden] attracts more [birds at feeder] and adds to the [pleasant breakfast]. This seems to be an added benefit I hadn't initially thought about.
More [birds at feeder] increases the need to [buy bird seed]. I hadn't initially given much thought to how much bird seed I would need and how much it would cost.
As I continue to [buy bird seed], spending money I hadn't counted on, it adds to my [frustration] thus detracting more from my [pleasant breakfast]. Not something I really wanted to happen.
More [birds at feeder] increases [spillage] which increases the need to [buy bird seed] and you already know where this is leading. Yes, more [frustration]. But wait, there's more!
I hadn't thought about what else the [bird feeder] might attract, like the ever present eating machine, [squirrels]?
[squirrels] tend to chase away [birds at feeder] which isn't going to make for a [pleasant breakfast], unless one likes watching [squirrels].
[squirrels] aren't there for the birds, they're there to eat. This just means a greater need to [buy bird seed]. It would be bad enough if they just ate, though they also create [spillage] and they don't clean up after themselves. Now there's more need to [buy bird seed]. At this rate there may not be money left to buy breakfast.
[spillage] also tends to attract [rodents] and figuring out what to do about them is increases my [frustration]. Oh happy day!
And the [spillage] after some time produces [unsightly growth] which is what my wife is currently asking me to get cleaned up today.
And [birds at feeder] may leave [bird poop] everywhere they fly over, which is usually very unsightly and quite difficult to remove. Just one more thing to add to the [frustration].
So where is the problem really? As this course unfolds you're likely to find that the problem isn't where you first expected it to be, which actually will be a good thing.