“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
The problem with problems is that they never end. Ever noticed how you just manage to deal with one problem only to discover that another has instantly taken its place? That’s the problem with problems; as soon as you deal with one, there’s always the next one.
It’s a mistaken belief that successful people no longer have problems to deal with. We somehow imagine that if we’ve made the journey from wherever we began all the way to the top of our game, we’ve left all our problems behind on the way, right? We probably see things this way because we view problems as something we have to deal with before we can get on with enjoying our lives; we see problems as something we shouldn’t have. In fact, most people spend their lives trying to avoid problems or just get through them with an attitude of, “There shouldn’t be any problems.”
But, here’s the thing. Many people try to avoid and limit the potential for problems to arise, but extraordinary people embrace problems. You see, we can get frustrated by having problems to deal with, problems they believe they wouldn’t have if they had the success they’re after, but extraordinary people acknowledge that everyone has problems, it’s part of life, so they make the shift from avoiding problems to embracing them.
When you make this shift, you shift from having a never-ending stream of frustrating problems to deal with to having problems that inspire you. Problems that inspire you are problems you really want to take on because they’re problems that will help you to grow as you work through finding the solutions.
Rather than avoid problems, embrace the problems that inspire you.
Problems are not just something you have to get through in order to get to where you’re going, you can consciously choose the problems you want to take on and solve, and then use what you learn to keep you moving onwards and upwards.
French philosopher Charles De Montesquieu once said, “Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.”
Everyone has problems, no matter how successful they become, but by making the shift from avoiding them to embracing them, you not only gain the ability to deal with them, you continue to grow and achieve more as a result.
Don MacNaughton is a High-Performance Coach and has worked tirelessly to help clients achieve success in the world of sport and business over the past 15 years. The next, highly popular, NLP Diploma and Life Coaching Certificate course starts in September 2019. Click here for more information or to sign up.