All problems can be solved.


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Problems are a part of life and there’s no way to completely prevent them from cropping up. But that doesn’t mean we have to live with them.

Years ago, something author Harry Browne wrote gave me an idea that I used to develop a four-step way to tackle problems.

I’ve observed over the years–and you can see this yourself–that people tend to deal with their problems by getting caught up in them. The tendency is to dwell on the problem, to fret over it, to get upset for getting into the mess, to blame someone else for it, to complain, to make excuses; in general to continuously stew over it.

This doesn’t work and is a complete waste of time and energy. There’s a better way. Next time you’re confronted by a problem–business or personal–here’s a simple way to tackle it.

1. Face the problem head on. Get familiar with all of its parameters so you completely understand it. If possible, keep emotion out of it (admittedly, often tough to do). If you need to, talk the problem over with a confidant–but do it without complaining.

2. Stop focusing on the problem and shift your attention from the problem to the alternatives. Sit down with a pad of paper and start making a list of every possible alternative that is available. Don’t put any limitations on the alternatives. List every single one no matter how far-fetched or unpleasant it seems.  One of these alternatives is the solution to your problem.

3. Make a decision and pick one of the alternatives.

4. Be prepared to pay the price that the alternative will ask of you.

By searching for alternatives rather than dwelling on the problem, you create a new mindset and you solve your problem.

Of all of the roadblocks to problem solving, the biggest one that seems to stop people is that they are not willing to pay the price. The price for solving problems is composed of time, effort, or money. And from what I’ve seen, many people are looking for easy.  They may see the alternative but it involves some temporary unpleasantness –like hard work–so they do nothing and their lives never change.

Take any example you like. If you hate your job, are you taking action–today–to extricate yourself from it by spending time and effort to learn something new?  Have you explored the endless variety of opportunities that exist?

Is your business falling apart because of the economy?  Have you taken action on some of BUSINESS CONSULTING”s suggestions to improve your business?

Do you have problems because you’ve taken a beating in the stock market? What actions are you taking to solve it?

Almost all problems have solutions. As Harry Browne says in his great book, “How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World”, “More than anything, the need is to use your imagination to look for alternatives…There’s always something you can do.”

The facts no one wants to read.

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Written by solutions777

August 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

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