article by Diane Shawe M.Ed
CEO Academy of Vocational and Professional Ltd.
Do you think more people focus on the half empty glass or the half full. Which are you? At times, it would seem that we have more problems then we can handle, but this all boils down to self responsibility critical thinking skills and optimism. Taking the bull by the horn can be a scary things, so check out a few well know secrets?
1. Smile! It is impossible to hold a frown and smile at the same time, try it, you will be amazed at how your brain will help you look and keep on the bright side of life.
2. Separating negative feelings from positive thoughts. This is an important step in solving problems. Only after you have cleared your mind with unnecessary thoughts can you start solving your problems accordingly.
3. Treat each problem as a challenge an opportunity for self-improvement.
4. Lose the scapegoat attitude. Are you pointing your finger or blaming others for mishaps? Take responsibilities for your mistakes. No one is perfect, so never put the blames on others unless your trying to say that they are much smarter because they got you to do something you did not intend.
5. Commit your problem with a pen and paper, and rate the depth of the problem and state the worse that could happen. Face the fear and then write down all the options of solving it.
6. Keep a journal and treat it as a “secret friend” who is always willing to listen to your grievances. Write your feelings freely.
7. Develop a noteworthy hobby, for this will help you lessen or minimise stress in your life.
8. Take time off from work and create variations of your daily schedule. Relax and check out the best movies in town. Travel and meet new wonderful people. You will find these activities worthwhile in the long run.
4 Steps problem solving tools
1. To determine the root cause of the problem. Ask a question, answer it, then ask why, answer that, then ask what if, and so on until you run out, that might likely be the root of the problem.
2. Draw up a strategy, then act upon it. (Pretend you was advising a friend and follow your own advice)
3. Give yourself a deadline, and reward yourself when you have completed the task
4. Reflect so you can avoid repeating the same mistakes .
Problems are problems. They are there not to annoy you; but problems are created when you fail to act upon them. Learn to Let go and you will free yourself of worry. Remember, less worries mean less stress, so you won’t just spend your time looking at problems, but working to solve them.
If you think that you really want some time out because of problems, visit the next room called “improvement.”
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