Problem-solving is an art and a science. Most of all, it is a an attitude and a practical philosophical approach for taking positive action. In this post, I would like to expound upon 5 reflections that I think will have a great impact on your problem-solving abilities.
5 Key Reflections to Positive Problem-Solving
Reflection #1 – Calm Acceptance of What Is – Is the First Step
“Calm acceptance of what is – is the first step to solving any problem.” What this means is that if you are in denial, which is usually the result of sudden shock or frustration at not having an immediate answer, you are locked into inaction and worry. Once you accept the problem, you have a problem that can be solved.
Reflection #2 – What’s the Difference Between a Problem and an Opportunity?
“What’s the difference between a problem, a challenge, and an opportunity? — Your choice of label?” How you define a problem is the problem.
If your wife cheats on you, the type of question that you ask yourself determines how you are labeling the problem.
For example, if you ask, “Why has this happened to me?” will tacitly provide you with a label of “horrible” or “unbearable,” while asking yourself the question, “What does this mean?” will give you enough emotional detachment to understand what’s going on and how to find a way out of it.
Reflection #3 – Excessive Thinking Before Doing Creates Illusions of Doing
“If you have an excessive habit of ‘thinking about’ doing something, you will create the illusion of having begun it.” What I am talking about here is the paralysis of analysis. Mental activity can be like the hamster running inside of the activity wheel. There is apparent motion without forward progression. Over-analysis is an inactivity trap. What’s the first four words of analysis?
Reflection #4 – What to Do When You Don’t Know what to Do
“When you don’t know what to do — do only what you can do, and see what happens. Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t work until your problem is inevitably resolved.” Do what you can, where you are, with what you have, and let life tell you what’s next.
Reflection #5 – Take Massive Positive Action Immediately
“Massive positive action is the second step to solving any problem.” You might ask, “If massive positive action is the second step to solving any problem, then what is the first?” Easy. The first step is making the decision to act. And how you act is based on where you are with what you have and what is the most obvious first thing to do.
Charles I. Prosper, MA
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