Be Positive To All Your Problems
Why waste time in life moaning or whining about a problem? Life is too short for this and you need to remain positive. Do not be that lazy person who sits on the sofa moaning about why you are overweight when others are sweating in the gym. Do not moan you are unemployed when you have been lazy and not tried to improve your skills and knowledge.
Focus on Solutions Instead
Do you want to spend your time complaining about a problem or finding a useful solution to it? You’ll make much better use of your time by relaxing and looking to deal with the issues you are having. This will then benefit you in the future as you’ll be better equipped to solve the same problems or even prevent them from happening again.
Here is a list below of solutions you can use to try and resolve some problems you have:
Accept the problem – This is the one I try to do first when I run into a problem and I use it almost every time. When you accept that the problem already exists and stop resisting then you also stop putting more energy into the problem and “feeding it”. Now it just exists (well, more or less, you might still feel a bit down about it). And you can use the energy you previously fed the problem with – the energy that probably made the problem look bigger than it was – to find creative solutions to the challenge.
Ask yourself: what’s the worst that can happen? – This is another one to do early on. You can easily to use your mind to blow problems all out of proportion. By asking this question you can restore the problem to its original size. And realize that the worst case scenario – if you actually define it – is perhaps not so pleasant but something you can handle and solve.
Gather some good knowledge – Information about your problem can often decrease that uncertain anxiety and fear we face when we are challenged with something. Knowledge wisps away the clouds of fear around a problem. And we often find that the problem might not be as bad as we thought. Developing a real understanding of what the issue is and why it is happening will help you see it more clearly and make it easier to find a solution.
Try to figure out possible problem along the way – This is something you can do before the problem even arises. Be prepared. When you research – as described in point # 3 – also try to find out what others in the same situation ran into, what kind of challenges they faced. Ask people what they did. If you don’t have anyone to ask then books, forums and blogs are good resources for gathering the personal experience of people. Also, be on the lookout for local groups and organisations. Google it and see what you find. If you keep your eyes and ears open you are sure to find something helpful.
Ask for help – You can ask people for advice on what to do and what they did in similar situations like yours. But you can also ask for more practical help. You don’t have to solve every problem on your own and sometimes it feels better to have someone by your side, even if it is just for emotional support. It is often true that a problem shared is a problem halved. Things can seem much more difficult when you’re dealing with them on your own, but once you get advice from someone else it can become much less overwhelming. Check out this page to see how we offer practical help to small businesses looking to boost their client base and generate more work.
Let go of the need to be right – Open your mind to a solution that may work and try it out instead of just making snap judgements based on little information and experience. The need to be right can make you disregard solutions that are just what you need for far too long. Accept that you might be wrong, and try some solutions which you may not have thought of before. This could make a big difference to how you run things in future to prevent the same issues from happening again.
Come up with more than one solution – You don’t know what will actually work before you try it. What may seem like a good solution in theory doesn’t always work in reality. So brain-storm and come up with at least a few solutions. If the first didn’t work, try the next one. This always gives you a few back up plans and things to try so you’re not stuck with one idea which isn’t working for you.
Redefine failure – This is important both to handle fear of failure for the whole problem and to get you to start trying different solutions without too much hesitation. The definition of failure we are brought up with in society might not be the best and most useful to have. If you look at the most successful people you quickly notice that they have a different response to failure than the more common one. They don’t take failure or rejection that seriously. They know it´s not the end of the world if they fail. Instead they look at each failure and see the good part about: what they can learn from it and improve next time? They have an abundance-mentality. They know that if their first business-venture fails it feels like crap for a while but it’s ok in the long run. They learn from it and then they try again. Redefine failure as feedback and as a natural part of a successful life.
Break down the problem into smaller pieces – Completing a task or solving a problem can seem overwhelming and impossible if you take it all in at once. To decrease anxiety and think more clearly, try to break the problem down. Try to identify the different things and people it consists of. Then figure out one practical solution you can take for each of those pieces. Try those solutions. They may not solve the whole problem immediately. But they might solve a few pieces of it. And then you can keep trying other solutions for the rest of the pieces until there are none left.
Use the 80/20 rule – Use 80 percent of your time to find solutions and only 20 percent to complain, worry and whine. It might not always be easy but focusing your energy, time and thoughts in this way is much more beneficial to you and others than doing the opposite. Complaining won’t find you any solutions, so it’s much more beneficial to spend more time actively trying to fix the problem.
Use Parkinson’s Law – This law says that a task will expand in time and seeming complexity depending on the time you set aside for it. For instance, if you say to yourself that you’ll come up with a solution within a week then the problem will seem to grow more difficult and you’ll spend more and more time trying to come up with a solution. Combine this law with the 80/20 rule to find solutions quickly. Focus your time on finding solutions. Then just give yourself an hour (instead of the whole day) or the day (instead of the whole week) to solve the problem. This will force your mind to focus on solutions and action.
Find the lesson or opportunity within the problem – There is almost always a good side of a problem. Perhaps it alerts us to a great way to improve our business. Or teaches us how our lives perhaps aren’t as bad as we thought. Finding this more positive part of the problem reduces its negative emotional impact and you may even start to see the situation as a great opportunity for you. When you are faced with a problem ask yourself: How can I use this? What is the good thing about this? What can I learn from this? What hidden opportunity can I find within this issue?
Actually talk about the problem and communicate clearly. Many problems arise because someone misinterpreted what someone else said. One way to make sure that you and everyone else have the same interpretation of for instance a project is to have people repeat back their view of the project and their part in it. See if your and their view matches. If a conflict arises then maybe you need to just talk it out, let go of a bit of steam, emotion and tension instead of everyone bottling it up. After that the discussion may be less emotionally charged. And it becomes easier to communicate clearly and reach a good solution for everyone involved.
Create fewer problems – A lot of our problems are created by ourselves. You save yourself a lot of trouble by being proactive, thinking before you speak and trying to avoid creating or complicating problems more than necessary. One way to decrease problems is to follow – as much as you can – Dale Carnegie´s wise words: “Never criticise, complain or condemn”. Many problems are somehow connected to relationships with other people so a good way to create fewer problems is to improve your social skills. Check out ‘Do You Make These 10 Mistakes in a Conversation?’ and ‘5 Mistakes That Can Make You Look Dumb’ for some tips in that area. And go down to your local library and borrow a copy of ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’.
Use the power of words to your advantage – Our minds respond more than one may think to what words are used to describe something. A problem is a negatively charged word. To make it easier to handle the problem use the more neutral or positive word challenge instead. This may sound like some empty and in reality just useless advice. But, at least to me, I have found that doing this small change has some impact on how negatively/positively I view a situation.
Keep your motivation up – It is easy to be discouraged, especially if you fear failure and your first and second solution to a problem did not work. You might feel like just giving up. Then it is time to give yourself a boost of motivation. Try a few of the techniques described in ‘25 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself’ and ‘5 More Ways to Motivate Yourself’. Changing your mental state to a brighter, more positive and more motivated one can make all the difference in the world. It will keep you going. Even though a few minutes earlier you may have felt like all hope was gone.
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