Focus on the solution, not the problem.

I would describe myself as a pragmatic person because whenever an issue arises I aim to quickly analyse the situation, identifying the challenges and possible outcomes of my actions, in order to find a definitive solution that is most conducive to my well-being and desired outcome.

There are numerous benefits to being pragmatic and, undoubtedly, it’s a vital skill to cultivate for everyday life, work or in dealing with those random difficulties that can come our way.

I believe that if we persistently focus on our problems, not only do we quickly feel overwhelmed, we can stagnate and become trapped for a prolonged period of time. Eventually, it is probably that we’ll develop a negative mindset which would naturally filter into other aspects of our life – our job, relationships, personal development, etc.

Moreover, when we think that there is no way out of a negative situation we are likely to feel disempowered and inept – emotions that can degrade our self-esteem and self-image. When faced with a problem it is necessary that we underline why is it an issue for us:

What exactly does this new obstacle prevent us from attaining and why does it make us feel this way?

No matter how burdensome or trivial the issue may be, answering these questions encourages us to think in a more objective and rational way. It also gives us a strong impetus for tackling any issue.

Secondly, I would suggest you grab a paper and pen to write down the things that you can do straightaway to begin to remove these obstacles from your life. Do not worry about how big, small or irrelevant your suggestions may seem, just write down whatever it is that comes to mind – basically write as much as you can until you cannot write any more.

After completing this process you will realise that you have given yourself some concrete ideas to help you in your situation. All you have to do now is pick one and give it a try. If your first option isn’t the right one you can simply try the next until you’ve found the ideal solution.

This technique is simple and yet highly effective because it puts you back into the driving seat and ensures that you are moving forwards. You are forced to develop an attitude of expectancy – you believe that the right solution will come – and have to work consciously to better your situation.

Never forget that if you want to bring about change in your life, you most definitely have the power to do so.

 

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