Take a Positive Approach to Problems by Joy Sackett (Wood)
“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” ~Raymond Lindquist
When faced with a problem how do you usually react?
It is a frustrating fact of life that problems can confront us almost every day. This may be a personal problem, work related problem, family problem or a financial one. Not knowing what to do about it can make you feel powerless and out of control.
If you are like many other people you may try to make a solution come to mind to try to deal with it quickly and force the matter to be resolved. But often this approach can make matters worse leaving you feeling anxious and even angry resulting in making poor choices. This negative approach then becomes habit forming.
Is this you?
How about trying these suggestions to help you take a more creative approach to problem solving and help you to see things from a different angle:
1. Stop seeing things in black or white, (either – or) – ‘all or nothing’ thinking.
• Write a list of possible options you could take.
• Write down the possible consequence of each of these actions.
You will see that there are other ways of making decisions that will benefit you. This is a pro-active approach that takes the problem out of your head and onto the page, where an alternative solution will appear to you. Often a satisfying compromise is gained by being more insightful.
For example if your problem is work related finding a new job may be the long term solution or it may be that talking to your manager or boss about the issue will you help to revise your work schedule or duties and illicit support you would otherwise had missed to resolve the problem to your benefit.
By seeing a problem from a different perspective you will feel more confident and empowered.
• Even ‘switching off’ from the problem by distracting yourself like going for a short walk or doing some activity unrelated to it like a crossword, watch a bit of TV, take a shower, read a book, write a shopping list, call a friend for a quick chat, whatever you choose to do creatively for yourself helps as you will return your focus to the problem with a fresh eye and see another way around it.
2. Trust your intuition ask the universe for assistance in finding a solution. Many famous people do this!
Einstein and inventors would do it before going to sleep and wake up in the morning with the answers they had been searching for!
Whether this is insight comes from the universe, your higher self, your higher power, God, or your own subconscious mind ultimately it doesn’t matter. Just the fact YOU came up with a viable solution does!
Go with your gut feelings and believe that the answer to your problem will come to you and that in itself makes you feel much more positive and better about yourself than believing that the solution does not exist.
“The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected” ~Julian Casablancas
Sending Love and Best wishes to you all