The 3 Words That Will Solve 99% Of Your Problems

Summary – BTB

Problems as many of you may have realized, are always complicated. There will usually be a lot of factors to solve it and this can be very overwhelming sometimes. Believe it or not, most problems can really be solved by just going Back To Basic (BTB).

Example of a Problem

Let me give you a complex problem as an example. Let say David had just been promoted to a managerial level. With the promotion, the company (like what most companies do) had squeeze everything from the poor guy. He was put in charge of hundreds of project. And he was pushed for result almost hourly. In short, he was under tremendous pressure and stress and it is starting to affect his health and his relationship with his family.

The Solution

There are many ways to approach a problem. This had been discussed a lot of time and if you are interested, I list here a few articles previously written on the subject.

However, to solve the problem using the “Back To Basic” approach, you must really sit down and analyze the basic elements of your problem. In our example, the problem is definitely the stress. David’s health condition and the relationship will not be affected if there is no stress to begin with.

Then David will see that the stress actually originate from his superior. Both the hundreds of projects and the company are not causing him stress. It is really the superior that giving him pressure.

Bear with me as I elaborate the steps of the “Back To Basic” method.

Now that we know the superior is the one causing him stress, the next step that David should do is to know what the superior actually want from him. What was it that if given, the superior will stop all the pressure. The answer is simple – Result.

Of course, the next logical step is really to determine how to get the result but let’s just stop right here.

Why Do We Need BTB

The second time I read this article, I’ve had that Duh feeling. Of course good result will eliminate the stress. Anyone can identify this immediately.

But believe me, there are so many people out there actually solve the problem wrongly. They start by solving the relationship problem first. While the stress is still accumulating, they are pinpointing the problem to the company, and may approach the problem by quitting the company. This is also the wrong solution to the problem as David will continue to receive stress from other company he will be employed.

Is BTB Just A Fancy Name For Problem Definition?

“Redefining problem” step identifies problem. “Back to Basic” step is actually providing the answer. Let me list down 5 of the most common problems to elaborate the difference.

1) How a company can make more profit?
BTB solution – More sales and less expenditure.

2) How to have an effective time management?
BTB solution – stop wasting time.

3) How to be loved by everyone?
BTB solution – Be nice.

4) How to lose 20kg?
BTB solution – Exercise and eat right.

5) How to wake up early?
BTB solution – sleep early and alarm clock.

- I wonder -
Any other question and the BTB solution that comes to your mind? Please share.

——– Personal Note ———
Actually I have quite the same problem with David. For those who may notice, it has been awhile since my last update. For your information, I was promoted and transfered to Sabah one year ago. For the past one year, I had to put more focus on my career to catch up and deliver result. As a result, the blog had taken the damage. I have no intention of quitting that I can assure you.

To all my friends still visiting, thank you. You are really the reason I’m still here.

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  1. […] These three words will solve 99% of your problems. […]

  2. 24 Sep 10 5:18 am

    I love your blog, its great! I am a self improvement blogger as well and I was wondering if you would be interested in exchanging links on our blog rolls! Comment back on my blog and let me know :)

  3. Beib
    27 Sep 10 7:20 pm

    Salam..
    Its been a long time since I last read your entry.
    Subcribe but not enough time to read and absorb.
    Hope the thrill of blogging and reading entries like yours will bloom soon..
    Keep up Banji!

  4. 28 Sep 10 8:11 am

    Another great article. Thanks again!

    Seems like every time I come back, I run into another gem! Keep up the great work!

  5. 29 Sep 10 12:07 am

    Allen Loomis – I’m really sorry but I have no blogroll.

    Beib – It’s amazing really, how you actually have time to do the things you do. I should be the one thanking you for taking the time reading :)

    Wes – Thank you for the support

  6. nikita
    01 Oct 10 5:01 pm

    i’ve always check ur blog and im surprise today that u had new entry its been a long time…i just want to say THANK YOU…reading ur blog inspired me…i read ur blog by accident i was depressed then now im moving forward…

  7. 09 Oct 10 9:10 am

    Speaking as one who has experienced stress through out my career, just want to say you are spot on. Too many people want to point the lame for there problems on other things and situations and not on the real cause of their stress. “Just do it” sounds too simplistic but it’s true. I recall everyone laughed at Nancy Reagan when she encouraged people to “just say no” to drugs and other destructive behaviors but she was right. The answer is going back to basics.
    Thanks for the post.

  8. 19 Oct 10 12:00 pm

    This is good. It gives me a lot of inspiration to my personal blog. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. 23 Feb 11 10:44 am

    Hello, great point in the article. Sometimes we need to break things down to really be able to solve it because when you look at everything at once the real problem can get lost. I have written a few articles that are related to what you have written here. Basically, its relieve stress by making progress and ask the right questions to solve your problems.

  10. 03 Apr 11 12:42 am

    I’m a little bummed…

    No new content since September? Any chance you are going to start writing again? It would be a shame to let this website sit.

    Hope all is well and that you come back to write some more!

  11. Paul
    16 Sep 11 12:53 am

    This is awful advice…

    “3) How to be loved by everyone?
    BTB solution – Be nice.”

    As a therapist and someone who runs stress management group, this kind of advice, particularly with the example I mention above can have some disastrous consequences and formation of unhealthy patterns of both behaviours and thoughts.

    Essentially why this example is so bad is because it is based on a few assumptions that are completely untrue: a) being that your actions/behaviour can whether someone else likes you and b) that you can be loved by everybody

    The way to deal with this problem is explore your need/desire to BE loved by everyone. To realign expectations on yourself to have everyone love you and to challenge beliefs that whether someone loves you or not is solely your responsibility!

    I can’t overstate how dangerous that kind of advice is. I work with many people who develop mood and/or anxiety disorders due to internalisation of beliefs and patterns of behaviour such as this.

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