Are you struggling with the same recurring problems in your life?
Tired of wasting time, coming back to the same issue again and again…?
Are you the type of person who deals with issues as they come up?
You like bandaid solutions. You put out fires with a quick fix. And you continue on with your day.
The thing is, you can’t bandage a wound that needs stitches…
Eventually, the issue comes back.
You end up wasting more time and more energy on the same task.
Over and over again…
Quick fixes end up being more time consuming.
Is this really the best use of your time?
Well, what if I told you that you can solve a problem once,
Without the chance of it reoccurring?
It’s possible if we can understand the value and adopt the concept of…
You might be wondering… “Does it involve swimming…? Because I am not a fish…”
It’s nothing like that at all!
So What Is Upstreaming?
Upstreaming is a concept I learned about in the book ‘Upstream: The Quest to Solving Problems Before They Happen’ by Dan Health.
The author, Mr. Health, explains how we, as humans, have become reactive to problems that come up in our lives. We often get stuck in this cycle of response.
Problem comes up… We respond.
Problem comes up a second time… We respond again.
What we don’t normally do is think about how we can prevent that problem from taking place again.
Look For Patterns
It’s up to us to analyze these patterns of problems in our own lives. As small or big as they may be.
It doesn’t matter the size of the problem. What matters is that you become aware of the problem…
Once you are aware, you can ask yourself this essential question:
“How can I upstream this?”
Or, “What can I do to prevent this problem from returning?”
This question makes all the difference.
You go from responding to problems…
… To preventing them!
Which means you’ll gain back time to focus your energy on other areas of your life!
Don’t waste time and energy solving the same issue time and time again..