Overcoming your problems


“A problem well put is half-solved” John Dewey

What challenges are you currently facing? See obstacles as what they really are: challenges you must overcome as part of the process of becoming a better person. By having a good grasp on an existing challenge, you will find the solution much easier to create and implement. It’s important to view problems as having solutions.

Tips on overcoming your problems:

1. Ask the important questions.

Easy questions give you easy answers; to dig deeper you must ask the tough questions. Are there any questions you have been too afraid to ask? As silly as it sounds, it is natural to avoid information we think will hurt us but in order to tackle a problem head on, we must understand every facet of it.

2. Think of creative solutions.

You may need to come up with an out-of-the-box solution to help you solve the problem. Let your mind run wild and you may discover what you need to overcome the obstacle.

3. Ask for advice.

Present the challenge to someone else and ask how they might solve it. Using someone else’s brain to help solve the problem brings to life the old adage “two heads are better than one.”

4. Research.

Use the knowledge of experts who took the time to write their findings down. Oftentimes the solution you are looking for has been found and documented before, if you dig deep enough.

5. Reframe the situation.

Look at the challenge from a different viewpoint; whether it be speaking to another individual in the situation or just imagining how someone else might tackle the problem.

6. Evaluate the situation.

Sometimes, out of fear, we make mountains out of molehills. Write down what you think is the worst thing that could happen and plan for it, that way there are no surprises.

Once you begin seeing problems as challenges with solutions, there is nothing you can’t accomplish. Of course the next step is to take action or all of this information is of little value.

Thank you,

Rogelio H. Charles