Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A Different Perspective

Sometimes in life everyone will face a problem that will make them want to give up. These problems have no known solution and appear impossible to control, however there are ways to change the way you see these problems to turn them into more positive and constructive moments in your life. There will always be problems that seem impossible to solve, there will be moments where it seems preferable to give up and walk away rather than searching for the answers. Although problems can be very personal, the odds are that you are not the first person to have this issue, there is a solution waiting to be found, you simply just haven't found it yet. A change is needed - a change of perspective.

Be objective, modern techniques have shown that we can help ourselves by physically changing our position, sit in another chair, view the problem from a different physical angle, this can be very resourceful in finding a solution.

When approaching a problem you should not feel obliged to do it alone, ask others for help and possible some new ideas. There is nothing wrong with asking for some input or even an opinion. Listening to someone else's point of view can greatly help you gain a new perspective on a problem and can change your opinion or help to make up your mind. Allow yourself to be supported by others.

Step away from the problem if you feel like you need to. This is not giving up, this is taking some time to re-evaluate the situation so you can revisit it with a clear mind (for more methods to clear your mind please view the post for Decluttering the Mind). Try letting go and do something new whilst your mind works on the problem in the background. If this becomes a problem simply start over. As hard as it might be to abandon the progress that you have made so far, sometimes it is the best solution. Take a break and start again, this doesn't need to be negative as the time and energy that you have put into the work has not been a waste and you will be able to apply the information that you already know into a more constructive position.

Routine is good and helps us all complete things efficiently however you may have allowed for bad habits or unnecessary actions to creep in over time. Change things about your routine and see if anything sparks your imagination and critical thinking. Sometimes it can simply be that you are bored of your routine and methods of problem solving so work towards changing small habits and you will see a boost in motivation. As well as being bored and losing motivation, it is always possible that you may not have enough information to make an informed decision. Look at your problem from every side, analyse the problem so that you are familiar with every section, once you have done this you will have the ability to look at the problem with a new point of view and create solutions that initially wouldn't have been considered. 

Another method is to write it down, above all keep a positive attitude to the problem and keep your positivity above your problem. Take time out, go for a walk, writers for example get writers block, they take a break and often feel refreshed and can continue writing. Problem solving is the same. 

On occasion, asking for someone else to take the lead can be the best solution. That does not make you a failure and it does not mean that you have given up, it means that you can admit that you are not the best person for the job and have handed authority over to someone who you deem to be capable to solve the problem. During this time you can work on the problem without spending too much time worrying about it, the weight is now off of your shoulders and this time can be spent looking into new ways of solving the problem and working productively as part of a team.

Many people have amazing talents. The talents they struggle with they often give to others to enjoy dealing with. For example I know a motivational speaker who hates accounts. He gives this work to his accountant who loves numbers. He tells me that he gives the work he doesn't like (that he's see's as a problem) to others who enjoy this. Otherwise he says he becomes very good at being bad! 

Finally, do not be too critical of yourself, if a problem develops and becomes difficult to manage, it is not always your fault and cannot always be avoided. You should not blame yourself for the negatives, instead praise yourself for the methods that you are practicing to improve and motivate your own problem solving. Remain positive and know that you are capable.