ELIMINATE PROBLEMS WITH CHALLENGES
“That’s a problem. That’s a hassle. That’s just too difficult. I’ll never be able to do that. I’ve got too many things to worry about to even think about that. All my problems are your fault”.
At one time or another, all of us have probably expressed the above quotes when confronted by a person, job or thing, whether at work or in our personal lives. Once in a while, being human, most people occasionally succumb to the pressures of their daily lives.
However, there are those people to whom most things are almost always a “hassle”, “too difficult”, “a big problem”, “and someone else’s fault”. These people are usually negative, and prone to depressive states. They are the proverbial “bitchers and complainers”. But by adopting a can’t do, blaming someone else, negative attitude, they are making their lives miserable (and unfortunately, many times, people around them) and sabotaging their careers. These people suffer from “problemitis”.
How can we cure “problemitis” which is characterized by excessive complaining, bitching and negativism.
The answer lies in our attitudes, how we perceive “problems” and most importantly what we do about them.
The following are suggestions to cure, or greatly reduce “problemitis”.
1. TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN LIFE. REPLACE PROBLEMS WITH CHALLENGES
Adopt the attitude, you are responsible for everything in your life, whether directly or indirectly. You are not a slave to anyone. Your future is totally in your control. Never blame anyone else. Replace a “can’t do” with a “can do” attitude. There is wisdom in the saying, “anything is possible to a willing heart”. Instead of viewing things that have to be done as a problem, view them as a challenge. Psychologically, a person will be more prone to rise up and face a challenge than a problem.
2. WRITE IT DOWN AND MOVE TO ACTION
When a general goes to war he carefully writes out a battle plan. Similarly, when you “attack” a challenge, write it down on paper. Then think of and write ways to overcome your “challenges” and accomplish the tasks to be done. Most importantly, move to action, following through and carrying out the “battle plan” for overcoming your challenges! Writing down your “challenges” or things that have been bothering you, writing down ways to overcome them and moving to action will reduce and eliminate the anxiety or tension often associated with “challenges”.
3. ANYTHING THE MIND OF A PERSON CAN CONCEIVE AND BELIEVE, CAN BE ACHIEVED
These famous words first spoken by Napoleon Hill in his masterpiece, Think and Grow Rich, have been responsible for every great accomplishment man and woman have ever created. Likewise, the way you use your mind to perceive “challenges” will determine the outcome! When confronting “challenges”, even if things don’t turn out your way, adopt the attitude – “Relax. Lighten up. Chill out. You gave it “your best shot”. It’s not a matter of life and death. Life will go on. Nothing is worth bothering me.The next time things will turn out better. I owe it to myself to be happy. I feel terrific!”
If the nefarious Adolf Hitler had millions of Germans use their minds to believe the most incredible lies, you should certainly be able to use your mind for your happiness and well being. Start by taking control of your life. Replace problems with challenges. Write them down and move to action. Believe in yourself and your right to be happy. In doing so you will enjoy life more and be an inspiration to those around you!
If you worry about what people think of you, it’s because you have more confidence in their opinion than you have in your own.
Every situation perceived in a positive manner becomes an opportunity.
Never give in to adversity. Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take your eye off the target. Have goals and stay focused on them.