What is one thing that everyone has in common? We’ve all got problems. No matter who you are, or what you’re doing, you will run into one of them eventually. And what can you do to avoid them?
I’m sorry to tell you this but the answer is nothing. Problems cannot be avoided, or perfection would be reality. But the truth is that nothing goes perfectly. Instead of trying to focus on perfection and to make sure that everything is ideal, try to work on your reaction to situations when something doesn’t go as planned. You have basically 3 options:
Number 1: Freak out, lose control and cry yourself to sleep in the fetal position.
Number 2: Ignore the problem and hope for the best.
Number 3: Try to stay positive, open minded and look for a solution.
I don’t know which one of those sounds the best to you, but probably number 3 is a safe bet. The truth is that when things go wrong, all you can do is try to fix them or to find an alternative. Sometimes, the alternative ends up being better than the original, but you can’t experience that if you just freak out and freeze.
As Joyce Meyer said “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”
Almost as important as thinking positively throughout hardships, is that people around you do it too. If you are in a leadership position, you have to lead this attitude by example. If others see you calm, with a smile on your face, they will know that everything is okay and they will also be calm and think clearly. Let’s be honest: if you look back in five years at a bad moment, and it doesn’t seem that bad, then your problem really isn’t that big. And with a calm demeanor and positive thinking, you can always come up with a solution that will smooth things over.
Next time when you find yourself in a difficult situation, and you feel like there is nothing else that can do to fix it, take a moment, or a day, or a week; breathe and stay positive, then you will come up with an alternative or a solution for it.