Can your perception of problems prevent you from accomplishing your purpose? Or, do you see the next setback as an opportunity?
In this episode we’ll explore a new way to think about problems. Can your perception of problems prevent you from accomplishing your purpose? Or, do you see the next setback as an opportunity? Joe Vitale, The Missing Secret, Jim Rohn, A Day That Turns Your Life Around, Dan Miller, Dream Job, Larry Winget, Get Out of Your Own Way, and Zig Ziglar Goals
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Bad News. Better Ideas.
The way all of us face problems starts with the thought, “This is a problem.” Or, “That can’t be good.”
It doesn’t matter what the problem is. Some as simple as the electricity goes off. The outside influence of sitting an the dark and losing all the stuff you just entered in your spreadsheet is real enough. But, being in the dark really isn’t that bad without your opinion popping up in your mind, “This is bad.”
In the book, This is Earl Nightingale, there’s a quote about problems from professor Robert Seashore of NorthwesternUniversity. Earl writes the quote, “The happiest people are not the people without problems; they are the people who know how to solve their problems.”
Cool quote, but how do you do it? Earl wrote out a six step action plan you can use when faced with problems more serious than sitting in the dark waiting for the lights to come back on. Here are the steps:
1.) Define your problem on paper.
2.) List the obstacles in your way of solving the problem
3.) List people or idea sources than can help you.
4.) List as many possible actions you can choose to fix it.
5.) Visualize the results of each action.
6.) Choose the very best course of action and do it.
Mistakes Send Mixed Messages
We live in a time that the thought of failure is all around us. Massive unemployment charges the daily news with the “What if” fears. “What if I get fired?” “What is I can’t make a mortgage payment?”
The state of fear is a fertile ground for failure to grow – but failure only grows in our mind. It is the quiet subconscious thoughts that only exist in our minds that present all the reasons and excuses to fail.
Of course losing a job or home is a very real possibility. You can’t just treat those events with a false sense of reality. We can’t all just jump up, smile, and in some phony cheerleader motivational moment say, “Hallelujah I’ve got a problem!”
However, even the worst setback also comes loaded with opportunity. There’s a lot of valuable lessons in this episode of My Power Podcast. Personal development is not about smiling in the mirror and hoping for things to get better. Personal development is about handing real problems. The experience of handling a problem prepares you for unlimited possibilities.