Take Charge Of Your Problems, And Therefore Your Life

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Take Charge Of Your Problems, And Therefore Your Life

The only way that you can reach your full potential, becoming everything you are capable of becoming, is by dealing with those key moments that you will face on your journey effectively. You can only achieve all those goals you are going for by reacting in the right way to the unavoidable crises of day-to-day life.

There are basically two approaches to dealing with those crises in your life:

  • We can find and fix the cause of the problem.
  • We can find or create solutions.

The key to performing at your best during the difficult times of your life is for you to focus single-mindedly on the solutions rather than the problems. The more you think about possible solutions, the more solutions you will think of and the better they will be. The more you think about solutions rather than problems, the more positive, focused, and creative you will become. The more you will think about the specific actions you can take, so the more in control of your life you will be in.

Focusing on solutions means you are now looking at problems as

  • opportunities for improvement, and,
  • pointers of where to focus your attention

When you face problems, you can either focus on them or you can focus on the solution. Generally speaking when you focus on the problem it only wastes your time and energy, as you go over the problem over and over again in your mind. This thought process, focusing on your problem, leaves you overwhelmed with fear and worry, unable to take any action to get you away from the problem. By focusing on the problem all that happens is you allow negative thoughts to overwhelm you, and the larger the problem becomes in your mind.

You can’t go back in time and change the cause of the problem. Finding out how the problem came to be, still won’t fix it. Apportioning blame for the problem won’t fix it either.

Instead it is better to focus on the solution instead. By focusing on the solution, you place all the power of your mind to resolving your problem giving you little time for negativity. You free your mind up to think positively which allows you to access the creative problem solving part of your mind.

It is imperative for life success that you function well in a crisis, solving the problems that arise suddenly and unexpectedly. You must believe that there is no problem that you cannot solve by applying your intellect and imagination to finding the solution. There is no difficulty you cannot resolve by intense attentiveness. There is no obstacle that you cannot overcome or get around if you are determined and persistent enough.

Learning to focus on solutions and not my problems has changed my life. Previously I allowed my problems to overcome me, wasting a lot of time and energy on feeling sorry for myself, panicking over them rather than trying to solve them. Once I learned to focus on solutions I became far more productive and efficient, achieving so much more. The trick was to look at alternative choices to find potential solutions to every problem that arose, considering the different options available to me to deal with the problems I faced to achieve the optimum outcome.

Once you see a problem as an opportunity for improvement, a valuable chance for growth and personal development, you will begin to focus on solutions which will give you far more drive and motivation than if you allowed your challenges or obstacles to overwhelm you.

Never lie down and accept failure or defeat. For every problem, there is a solution, go and find it, so that you can continue to move onward and upward.

Here are some of the basic principles which underpin a solution focused attitude:

  • Focus on solutions more than problems
  • Look for opportunities and possibilities to gain improvements, rather than focusing on your obstacles
  • Look for resources rather than scarcity
  • Make use of what is available, rather than worrying about what is missing
  • If it works, do more of it
  • If it is not working, we do something different
  • You can use influence, rather than control
  • Know that improvement requires action, so we focus on actions
  • Look for indications of progress rather than look for evidence of failure

Are there any other benefits of focusing on the solution that I missed? What are your thoughts on this article? Do share them and comment below.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
  1. Ana says:

    Hi Larry!
    Thanks for this advices. Would you like to write one post for WBT ?

    I see Your site is advancing every day. Good Luck!

    • LarryLewis says:

      Ana – my blog is growing, and of that i’m very proud. I have received unbelievavle suppor from the blogging community, and to many people i am eternally grateful. I am so pleased i ignored both my daughters advise when they told me ‘Dad you are way to old to use facebook’. I would be delighted to offer you an article, i very much enjoy guest blogging, drop me a line with the subject you feel would benefit your site.

  2. Jessica Mokrzycki says:

    I love the idea of looking not at our problems but at the solutions. It’s empowering. Thanks for the great post!

  3. Debbie says:

    I am normally the “focus on solution” type woman. I do it rather well (with one exception, but won’t go there :P) This article is a great way to remember what to focus on. I’ve been enjoying your recent articles, they are going hand in hand for me.

    • LarryLewis says:

      Debbie, thank you for the complement. From you it means alot. Do you really expect he coach in me to let go off the one exception. You know i’m here, i hope you know i care, and what are ‘bloggin friends’ for after all

  4. Kim Mullette says:

    Really enjoyed this article, can definately see the benefits of focusing on the solutions, sometimes we get so caught up in the problems. Thanks for sharing.

    • LarryLewis says:

      Kim. Thank you for visting and commenting. You are right, so often people get caught up, and then pulled down by their problems. They become so overwhelmed, that they lose their ability to work their way through them. That is why i urge everybody to face your problems head on, by knowing there are always solutions, but you have to focus your head to find them.

  5. this is going to help a lot..thank u Larry,I am over whelmed.

    • LarryLewis says:

      Alpana … i hope that my blog helps you now and in the future … you are a beauutiful person, and a wonderful writer, and if i can help you on your journey then i would be honoured to contribute in my small way.

  6. Sometimes Larry, walking away and then returning to the problem gives me the greatest insight. This, again, is a wonderful post.

    • LarryLewis says:

      Mary – absolutely brilliant point. A great way of solving problems is to start by thinking about it; then forget it; then wait. Often the solution will come to you, by allowing you to tap into the limitless creative possibilities of your intuitive mind

  7. Bec Owen says:

    Larry, this is wonderful stuff! I totally agree…focusing on a solution helps bring it into focus so much faster, and chilling out for a bit does help us tune in to our intuitive mind and that limitless stream of possibilities.

    A great post!

  8. LarryLewis says:

    Bec – sometimes we spend so much time wrestling with our troubles and strife, fighting day by day to find the answer which just doesn’t come, then we are forced to break away deal with other things, maybe spend some time with the family, manage with difficulty to switch our minds totally away from the problem … then woosh, the answer just pops into our head. With people like you spreading ‘Happiness’ more and more people will find answers.

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