Another serious question today – What’s your problem?

Each of us has our own unique problems in life.

Problems that we need to solve to move forward.

Many people think that avoiding their problems makes their life easier but that is not true.

The following are just a few examples:

  • Avoiding your difficulties socialising will quickly lead to Social Anxiety
  • Avoiding speaking up when you need to quickly leads to a lack of Assertiveness.
  • Avoiding taking action on tasks that seem too difficult will lead to a lack of productivity.
  • Avoiding dealing with your excessive workload will lead to stress.

Avoiding the problem does not make it go away. Avoidance will only ever enable a problem to grow.

To paraphrase a David Allen productivity quote –

“You can deal with a problem when it shows up or you will deal with it when it blows up.”

If you are not taking the time to recognise and deal with your problems, they will eventually get to a point where you cannot ignore them.

The proactive approach to dealing with your problems.

Have you ever felt that you have grown as a person by doing the exact same thing day after day? By doing things that you can do with ease?

Of course not!

Growth as a person comes from taking on a new challenge and conquering it over time.

You may even fail at first but that is just part of the learning process.

If you are learning, you are making progress and progress will eventually take you to where you want to get to.

And how do you identify the challenges you need to tackle?

Simple – the problems you are experiencing are the challenges you need to tackle.

There are many things that you may think are problems but are they really holding you back in life? If they are not, they are not really problems.

For example, a fear of snakes is not really a problem for most people but if you wanted to be a snake handler at the reptile enclosure; it would be.

You need to take an honest look at the things you cannot do, or fear doing and then ask yourself if these are having a negative impact on your life? Are they holding you back from doing the things you really want to do.

If you feel they are holding you back, then you need to:

  • Define the problem.
  • Research potential solutions
  • Implement solutions.
  • Monitor progress and adjust, as necessary.
  • Keep following this routine until you have been successful.

If you do this, you will solve your problems. You may need help from other people but that is just part of the research and implementation phases.

Not only will you overcome your problem(s), but you will achieve two other major benefits:

  1. 1
    You will change your own opinion of yourself for the better
  2. 2
    You will develop skills which can be used to make improvements in other areas of your life.

Not a bad reward for dealing with your problems.

We have been conditioned by society to always look for the easy way through life and to avoid dealing with our problems.

But when we avoid dealing with our problems, these problems grow while at the same time, we also miss a wonderful opportunity for personal growth.

So, what is your problem? and what are you going to do about it?


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