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Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

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“What is my optimal book promotion focus for time being – OPTION B-Pursue 2nd tier industry journals/newsletters until secure 10 published articles: using Option Solving?

Now I have considered my current key options, I’ve decided to go with OPTION B as above. It is now necessary to simplify that approach by ‘Peeling the Onion:’ that is, what other possibilities lie beneath the surface to accomplish this milestone as comfortably as possible. So it’s appropriate to reveal and consider available sub-options by asking another appropriate question.

This fresh question turned out to be: “OPTION B – Pursue 2nd tier industry journals/newsletters until  secure 10 published articles; considering 1) Tough to break in,  2) Already secured 4, 3) Potential assist from Lit Agent team, and  4) Helps to sustain interest with existing  potential ‘buyers’?” Again, I restricted myself to the four most apparent considerations that are likely to have the most impact on my optimum choice. By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of my decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possible considerations.

Again, it was appropriate to devise two apropos yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help keep my intuitive mind focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can keep it properly focused.   

The two bookends that immediately came to mind were: “Rely on Literary Agent to pursue”very limited assist,and “Hire Agency to Pursue,” lack of funding. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then important to come up with at least five realistic options, although I came up with six within short order. I would  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of my options is: Option CC- Ensure 4-5 follow throughs with each Journal/Newsletter Editor.

In fact, I decided to sleep on the six options and then make a choice first thing the following morning. From there, I will either put together an action initiative, while things are still fresh, or pursue Peeling the Onion for further clarity of the way forward.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: What is my optimal option for obtaining additional funding for a Special Book Promotion Campaign?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

“What is my optimal book promotion focus for time being: using Option Solving?

Have now found somewhat greater balance in my effort through great focus on Blog 279’s Option A and the prospect of Option B. Now it’s important to figure out an optimal book promotion focus until sufficient book numbers materialize.

A fresh question now becomes apparent: “What is my optimal book promotion focus for time being; considering 1) literary agent has stalled, 2) still summer slow months, 3) very limited budget, and 4) still intent on succeeding?” I restricted myself again to four key considerations that are likely to have the most impact on my optimum choice. By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of my decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possible considerations.

It was now necessary to devise two apropos yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help keep my intuitive mind focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

The two bookends that came to mind were: “Rely on divine providence”totally unrealistic,and “Find heavy investor,” limited prospects. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then important to come up with at least five realistic options and always leave open the prospect of finding a sixth within short order. I would  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of my options is: Option E- Website and Facebook Campaigns.

In fact, I decided to sleep on the five options with a view to finding a sixth and then make a choice first thing the following morning. From there, I will either put together an action initiative, while things are still fresh, or pursue Peeling the Onion for further clarity of the way forward.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is my optimal book promotion focus for time being?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

“What key option should I consider to remain balanced while pursuing optimum book promotion strategy: using Option Solving?

Am now making steady progress on 2-3 fronts toward eventual successful book promotion, although am feeling some fatigue from the constant focus and effort. Since it’s unlikely there will be a quick solution toward securing a publisher, it will be imperative to sustain balance and focus over some period of time to reach that milestone.  It’s therefore imperative to pursue an optimum ‘balancing’ strategy to outlast the course. So it’s now important to identify an appropriate way forward.

After due thought, the following question became apparent: “What key option should I consider to remain balanced while pursuing optimum book promotion strategy; considering 1) don’t have many years left, 2) the odds of success are tough, 3) limited funding options, and 4) am determined to succeed?” I restricted myself to four key considerations that are likely to have the most impact on my optimum choice. By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of my decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possible considerations.

This now required creating two apropos yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help my intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

The two bookends that came to mind were: “Relax and take each day as it comes”likely lose tempo and focus,and “Invite someone else to take on book project,” don’t have resources to support. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

I then challenged myself to produce at least five realistic options and left open the prospect of finding a sixth within short order. I then pursued emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of my options is: Option B – Take a week R&R break in Sept 2020.

In fact, I decided to sleep on the five options with a view to finding a sixth and then make a choice first thing the following morning. From there, I will either put together an action initiative, while things are still fresh, or pursue Peeling the Onion for further clarity of the way forward.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What options should I consider to remain balanced while pursuing these book strategies?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is my best ‘advanced’ promotional option for my potential book prior to publication: using Option Solving?

Despite having made steady progress with my grass roots book promotion among business, personal and family contacts, it’s now important to explore bigger fish where possible to increase buyer platform size as quickly as possible. Consequently, it requires a different question.

After due thought, this became: “What is my best ‘advanced’ promotional option for my potential book prior to publication; considering 1) am not a natural ‘connector’, 2) will likely need at least 5000 book commitments, 3) limited funding options, and 4) need to find more elegant approach?” Again, I restricted myself to four key considerations that are most likely to influence my optimal decision.  By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of my decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

This now required creating two fresh yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help my intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

However, the prior bookends still seemed to apply: “Let momentum build on its own”way too slow,and “Seek $100K funding to finance sales and promotion,” unlikely possibility. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

I then challenged myself to produce another five realistic stretch sub-options, although was able to come up with six. I then pursued emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of my options is: Option F – Seek ALA membership and become active member: maybe eventual special book support.

In fact, after a couple of hours, I chose Option F – although will still very much have the others in mind to pursue three almost simultaneously –   and will put an action initiative together for F, while things are still fresh in my mind. This appeared the optimum solution for now.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: What options should I consider to remain balanced while pursuing these book strategies?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

“What is my best option to convince publishers to back my book- Peel the Onion-Option A- Pursue 200+ Contact list for buyer support: using Option Solving?

Having decided on Option A- Pursue 200+ Contact list for buyer support – the question now becomes how to expand upon that grass roots listing so it becomes an ever expanding universe? What are the sub-options available to expand on current contact listing in a positive way? Publishers are interested in the book but they want to see a greater buyer platform.

The subsequent option solving question now becomes: “What is my best option to convince publishers to back my book- Peel the Onion-Option A- Pursue 200+ Contact list for buyer support; considering 1) am not a natural ‘connector’, 2) will likely need at least 5000 book commitments, 3) limited funding options, and 4) give it enough focus and priority?” Again, I restricted myself to four key considerations that are most likely to influence my optimal decision.  By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of my decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

Now I could turn to creating two yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help my intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

These bookends turned out to be the exact same ones for this next decision moment: “Let momentum build on its own”way too slow,and “Seek $100K funding to finance sales and promotion,” unlikely possibility. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

I then challenged myself to produce at least five realistic stretch sub-options and left open the possibility of producing a sixth over the next 24 hours: which happened in the last round. This would occur prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own. You can note one of my sub-options as: Option CC – Get LEJs help to expand 200+ grass roots listing.

Now I have produced this pictograph, I will either have to produce another option over the next 24 hours or proceed with the minimum of five. From there I will put an action initiative together for CC, while things are still fresh in my mind. This appeared the optimum solution for now. The challenge was then to implement and come up with other more advanced promotional activities.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: What is my best ‘advanced’ promotional option for my potential book prior to publication?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is my best option to convince publishers to back my book: using Option Solving?

I’m now making further headway on book content and value, so book promotion now comes even more into focus. I’ve made a start on current 200+ contact list with encouraging signs, although need to build upon that with other options. Publishers are interested in the book but they want to see a greater buyer platform.

This meant devising an appropriate option solving question, such as: “What is my best option to convince publishers to back my book; considering 1) am not a natural ‘connector’, 2) will likely need at least 5000 book commitments, 3) find optimum message, and 4) give it enough focus and priority?” I restricted myself to four key considerations that are most likely to influence my optimal decision.  By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of my decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

My next task was to create two yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help my intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

These bookends turned out to be: “Let momentum build on its own”way too slow,and “Seek $100K funding to finance sales and promotion,” unlikely possibility. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

I then challenged myself to produce at least five realistic stretch options and left open the possibility of producing a sixth over the next 24 hours. This would occur prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own. You can note one of my options as: Option B-Pursue Crowd-source and Kickstarter to fund 5000 books- Signe contact.

Now I have produced this pictograph, I will either have to produce another option over the next 24 hours or proceed with the minimum of five. From there I will either put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in my mind, or pursue yet another ‘Peel the Onion’ exercise so as to flush out a sub-option? This may offer a more straightforward possibility.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peel the Onion: What is my best option to convince publishers to back my book?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

Peel the Onion: What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating-06.05.20, THEN on 06.19.20 pursue Option C- Reinvigorate the economy by whatever means: to include further stimulus: using Option Solving?

When we surmised how the US President would choose his optimum option for a June 5th option solving session, we assumed that he chose Option C – ‘Reinvigorate the economy by whatever means; including a further stimulus package.’ So as to maximize the effect of that choice, he was advised to ‘Peel the Onion’ related to that choice, so as to discover his most effective sub-option going forward.  We therefore proceeded with that ‘Peel the Onion’ exercise to reveal his most likely sub-option for Option C.

This meant revising his initial question to: “What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating on 06.05.20, THEN on 06.19.20-Peel the Onion: Chose Option C – Reinvigorate the economy by whatever means, including further stimulus; considering 1) overtaken by George Floyd crisis, 2) very strong counter-narrative by mainstream media, 3) need to revitalize the economy, and 4) being undermined by various public figures?” Again we restricted ourselves to four key considerations that are most likely to influence his decision.  By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of his decision-making and recommendation when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

We then speculated again on his behalf by putting together two yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help his intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

Our recommended new bookends turned out to be: “Let things fall where they may”electorate too volatile to ignore,and “Devote 100% time to campaign trail before November 2020,” could suffer over exposure. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge the President’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

As per our previous option solving exercise, we challenged ourselves to produce at least five realistic options on his behalf, although we again produced six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace his likely proposed options with any of your own. You can foresee one of his most likely sub-options as: Option BB – Call for another immediate stimulus package for businesses and workforces.

Now we have produced this sub-option pictograph on his behalf, the President and his advisors will have the opportunity to make a collective decision based upon their anonymous votes. From there he and his team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, or pursue yet another ‘Peel the Onion’ exercise with sub-sub-options.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What it my best option to reinforce my book publisher support platform?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating: using Option Solving?

Like most US Presidents who face a national crisis, the current President is taking a lot of heat through not miraculously resolving the COVID Pandemic. He also faces re-election within 5 months and has to restore his image as much as possible during that time to have a decent chance of re-election. He therefore needs to consider his options for doing this, in order to make an optimal move.

By calling upon the option solving technique, it will help for him to consider the following question: “What options does the US President have to restore his national election image; considering 1) overtaken by George Floyd crisis, 2) very strong counter-narrative by mainstream media, 3) need to reinvigorate the economy, and 4) key public figures are denouncing him?” We have again opted for four key considerations that are most likely to affect his decision.  By keeping it to four, it reduces the complexity of his decision-making and recommendation when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

We then invited him to put together two yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help his intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

His bookends turned out to be: “Just sit and take it on the chin”negators pull down further,and “Denounce people who oppose him,” creates further enemies. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge the President’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

We challenged him to produce at least five realistic options, although he promptly produced six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of his options as: Option C –Reinvigorate the economy by whatever means: include further stimulus.

Now he has produced this pictograph, the President and his advisors need to make a collective decision based upon their anonymous votes. From there he and his team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, or pursue a ‘Peel the Onion’ exercise.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peel the Onion: What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

“What options does the US President have for moving stalled Governors along to re-open after COVID-19 shutdown: using Option Solving?

Increasing numbers of states are opening their economies, although others are still adhering to lockdowns in their quests to pretty much eliminate the virus. There are those who argue that by retaining the lockdown they are risking the lives of so many others through suicide, lack of treatment for other illnesses, and family abuse. People are also getting stressed out through financial worries and the economy is deteriorating all the time. The US President is anxious to restore the economy, although a certain number of Governors are happy to resist this pressure for their own reasons. The question is: Will he find a way to nudge them to reopen their State economies?

His most appropriate question to move things forward appears to be: “What options does the US President have to move stalling Governors along to re-open after COVID-19 shutdown ; considering 1) could politically backfire, 2) need to find right arguments, 3) put safety first, and 4) avoid economic bankruptcy?” We have again opted for four key considerations that are most likely to affect his decision.  By keeping it to four, it reduces the complexity of his decision-making and recommendation when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

We then put together two yin and yang “bookends,” as these will help his team’s intuitive minds to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

Our bookends turned out to be: “Turn blind-eye toward stalling states”big risk to economic health, and “Shame stalling States over ineffectiveness,” could be political backlash. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge ours/President’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Having challenged ourselves to produce at least five realistic options, you will see we produced six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace our proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of our/his team’s options as: Option B –Create a temporary testing army.

We will do our best to convey this pictograph to the President and his advisors to make a collective decision based upon their anonymous votes: if that were possible. From there his team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, to implement their-his decision.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)