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Work Out A Problem

Work Out A Problem

Occasionally we believe we have a problem and there is no possible way we can carry on. These five quick tips may just be what you need to help you work out a problem a little bit easier.

  • Firstly, ask yourself: “Is there really a problem here?” Often we create problems in our own heads that are not really there in reality. So relax a little and think about if this is really a big problem. Is it something that will matter in six weeks or even six months? Life becomes a lot less stressful when we stop making mountains out of molehills.
  • If the problem is real, accept that fact so that you can make good use of your energy. When you accept that the problem already exists and stop resisting the thought and fact then you also stop putting more energy into the problem and making it bigger than it is. Although it is not perfect, it now just exists. You can use the energy you previously fed the problem with - the energy that probably made the problem look bigger and scarier than it was - to find a creative solution to the challenge.
  • Now is the time for you to ask for help! You can ask people for advice on what to do and what they did in similar situations or you can also ask for more practical help. You do not have to solve every problem on your own and sometimes it feels better to have someone by your side, even if it is just for emotional support. If you just ask you will find that people will often be more than willing to help you out.
  • It may not be easy, but you need to now use 80 percent of your time to find solutions to the problem and only 20 percent to complain, worry and whine. It might not always be easy but focusing your energy, time and thoughts in this way is much more beneficial for you and others than doing the opposite.
  • If you break the problem down into smaller pieces it will make things a whole lot easier. Solving a problem can sometimes seem overwhelming and impossible. To decrease anxiety and think more clearly break the problem down. Identify the different parts it consists of. Then just take one piece of the puzzle at a time. Focus on just that piece. Figure out one practical step and action you can take to get started with the piece. Take that action. Then take it step by step in a single tasking manner until you are done with that piece and then you can move on to the next one. Before you know it you will have made a big dent in the problem or even worked it out!

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