So You Have Problems

We are all faced with problems throughout our lives, some are small, others huge.

Depending on how we deal with them, they can be overwhelming and devastate our lives, or they can quickly fade into the past.

Attitude plays a big role. With a difficult personal or work undertaking, consider all viewpoints, even those you think you do not like. It just might provide relief from your fearful analysis of the situation. Do not oversize the problem which is often a panic reaction. Discuss the actions that you could take with a friend or co-worker which can sometimes provide a good suggestion and some instant stress relief.

Lay out a procedure and slowly complete the first task. The next steps should be easier. Often, we will keep on worrying after the decisions are made, which of course is of no help at all. If everything that can be done has been done, then it is time to follow through.

“Our plans miscarry if they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”

~ Lucius Seneca

Rejection can be an unpleasant experience, but it just lets us know that we are not perfect. Who is? Consider it a lesson learned, then forget it and move on with your life in a positive constructive manner.

To help solve a difficult problem or to cut down on worrying about making a decision, analyse the situation, determine what must be done, and carry it out. In writing or on your computer:

Get all the facts.

Describe the problem in detail.

List all the possible solutions.

List the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Detail what you will do.

Follow through.

You have detailed the planning and know that you will proceed in a certain way, but will review it as required. Later. Now, it is time to think other thoughts.

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

~ Aristotle

At times, you may find yourself having difficulty identifying the problem. Talking to a friend helps. Or you can always reach out for the button.

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