S:0046 Distinction: Problems vs. Challenges

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


Since the first word in a Distinction is the stronger of the two you might think this distinction is reversed, but it’s not.

If it’s a problem, it needs to be labeled as a problem. There are very few challenges. Most things are either problems or they’re not, and it’s important to tell the truth about this versus putting a positive spin on the situation by calling it a challenge.

This approach flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but we have grown past the stage where we need to put a shine on the “stuff” in our lives. If it’s a problem, it can be solved; if it’s labeled as a challenge, it will most likely linger longer.


Note – This issue of the 3-Minute Coach’s Contribution marks the start of the second year of publication. It’s been fun for me to bring it to you.

Copyright 1996 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.