“Problems are not stopped signs. They are guidelines” — Robert Schuller
There is a flip side of any problem. If you look at the problem with different perspective, the problem may actually have an opportunity. Several times problems teaches you the instructions what to do next. According to Benjamin Franklin, “Things which hurt, instruct”.
Action List: Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Draw a line in the middle. Make a list of your current problems or challenges. Write these problems in left column. And now write opportunities in the right column for each problems.
Some problems will give you new perspective regarding your life, relationships, health and business. For example, a broken relation may give you scope for next better relation. Failure of your current business venture will teach you lessons to create next million dollar business venture. Suffering from tremendous health sickness will help you overcome your unhealthy bad habits. If you fight and recover from a life threatening sickness, now you will learn and see about the the life with new perspective which may help you to focus on truly important things and activities of life.
Problems in our life helps to bring out our hidden potentials, hidden qualities when you fight to overcome problems, obstacles; then you start to become familiar with your hidden qualities. When you successfully overcome those hard and tough obstacles, then you start to become emotionally strong, you will start to believe in you hidden power and abilities. If next obstacle appears you’re better equipped to handle it. Problems, challenges, obstacles brings out the best qualities, strengths within us.
Problems gives, teaches us valuable lessons regarding life, time, health, relationship and more.
Chad Mureta, a serial entrepreneur and multi millionaire business man starts his million dollar business at hospital bed, “ I started this business from a hospital bed, wondering if I even wanted to live. I had survived a terrible car accident that shattered my left arm. I had gone through two groundbreaking operations, and spent 18 months in painful rehabilitation.”
You need to create a golden or winning mindset. By shifting or changing your beliefs or mindset, you can turn problems or challenges into opportunities.
Action list: Connect with the people who convert problems or challenges to opportunities.
Connect with the people who are not just stuck with problems, who have experience or mindset to convert problems or challenges into opportunities. Your environment truly influences you, your nature and your outcome in you life.
Action list: Learn to overcome fear of ignorance.
Why we feel the fear of ignorance? Because our education system is based on negative reinforcement system. If you do bad performances in school you will get bad performances and loose privileges.
Negative reinforcement system is a good way to break bad habits, to get good marks in subjects, but it’s terrible way to encourage new behaviour.
To overcome tension or fear of ignorance in learning, you can read new topics everyday and after reading that topic, reward yourself.
To overcome fear of ignorance in relationship, say hi to 3 strangers everyday and reward yourself when you achieve your target.