Problems when they arise can cause all kinds of issues. They can play on minds causing worry and anxiety, or they scare people so much that they avoid them.
Instead of worrying about or avoiding problems, people could instead face them head on and overcome the challenges they present. The problem can then often be resolved or overcome.
When it comes to problems, attitude can make all the difference. It is not the problem itself that presents issues, but rather the way in which people think and feel about the problem can create different results.
I worked with a client who was experiencing difficulties selling her product. She felt that the product she had created was not good enough and was ready to quit. She took the lack of sales personally and felt like she has failed.
We spent some time exploring her product and her customers. She was then able to identify that her product may not be suitable for her existing target audience, but instead she needed to find a new audience. We worked until she was able to identify who her audience would be and how she might approach them.
Because she was so despondent about the lack of sales she was initially unable to identify another outcome to her problem. Once she saw a possible solution she found the motivation to explore her options and felt a lot more positive as a result.
Approaching problems in a negative way can also have an impact on other areas of people’s lives. This can then result in a negative spiral that can be very difficult to get out of.
In order to change your thoughts and feelings about problems, consider the ways in which you respond:
- Think of problems as challenges that can be overcome, or opportunities from which you can gain experience.
- Consider similar situations that have had a positive outcome. Can similar actions be applied to your current challenge?
- Think of your options or possible solutions. What creative ways can you think of to overcome your challenge?
- Act on a solution. Problems don’t solve themselves. In order to resolve take positive action.
- Focus on the solution and not the problem. Focussing on the solution will help you tackle the challenge with a more positive outlook.
- Engage in positive self talk. If you tell yourself you can achieve it, you will eventually believe that you can!
“Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The easiest way to escape from a problem is to solve it.”
– Unknown –