Do you have all the answers? Are you teachable?
I find it very easy to look at a problem with my mind predetermined on how I want things to turn out.
1. A conflict with a friend? I know how that should turn out.
2. Difficulties on the job? Well, I can tell you just how those should be solved.
3. A “situation” with my wife? My way is the right way.
This “know it all” approach doesn’t allow for the possibility that the problems we encounter in life have something very important to teach us.
Problems can be opportunities if we let go of our prejudices and predetermined attitudes and we look for the truth in a solution by addressing it honestly and directly. Problems can remind us to be better people.
Each new problem that we face can be addressed in a unique way if we allow the problem itself to determine how we approach it.
Every problem brings its own realiity and we don’t always like what we find, especially when we discover that we may be one of the major causes of a particular problem. But that truth should not make us flinch, it should not scare us from dealing with the problem honestly. It is only when we take responsibility for our part in a problem that we can honestly change our next action to become part of the solution.
Are you living in the problem or the solution?
Push your PAUSE button now.