SOLVE THE CAUSE, NOT JUST THE SYMPTOMS
EACH TIME YOU DO THAT, YOU ADVANCE YOUR LIFE

In process, but glance at it to get the key point of value.

"We spend our lives learning and applying little short term tactics to handle the symptoms of the problem of the moment, but we miss the boat of life by not devising strategies that work to solve once and for all the cause of the problem!!!!"

Perhaps we're too busy (a symptom) to bother to address the cause because it takes effort and some learning.  Meanwhile, the reason we are so busy is that we have so many symptoms and problems that go unsolved that we are constantly juggling them as they suck up our very life.   The solution to the time problem is to do fire prevention instead of spending all our time putting out the constant and every repeating fires (with the symptom of smoke and destruction, especially of time). 

It is an illusion to think that we just don't have enough time.  We have plenty of time, but we are overfilling it with unnecessary and very "unsmart" time suckers. 

Understand that everything is due to cause and effect and that the "problem" should be attacked as early as possible in the causal chain, for the best bang for your time in life.


HOW DOES THIS SHOW UP IN THE WORLD?

It shows up in how we treat our health.  We wait for symptoms to show up before we start to do what is right (except that most of us don't even do what the doctor recommends after a heart attack!).  

A doctor nowadays, perhaps having given up to what people just don't do, most often deals with the symptoms, seldom insisting enough or defining enough of what the person should do to be in better health.  A pill will "solve" the symptom - but it often will cause something else to go out of whack. 

However, the best solution almost always is to go back and solve the cause itself, to change the behavior that causes the problem.

Yes, there is a battle here, as people seem to be unable to think about this rationally, to decide to follow the program and/or to learn what is necessary - so the doctors and we ourselves give up since all we've done just doesn't get the results we want - of course, we are guilty of "trying" to lose weight and/or get healthier.  We approach things without enough data or learning, so we do not even start with workable strategies - so it is no wonder that they do not get the results we want - e.g. we end up "failing".

(This is a major subject, dealt with in The Skillful Effective Process For Changing - Very Doable.)