That Problem That’s Been Nagging You…

solutionsEveryone enjoys having problems, right? Not so much… but that doesn’t mean we can chose not to have them. They’re apart of everyday life. Many of us have the mindset that once I achieve this certain task  the problem will go away, you did it. The reality is that no matter what you do there will always be some other problem that comes up that you will have to deal with.

While that may sound pretty depressing, overcoming your problems helps build who you are. With every problem you overcome there is a learning experience that will, most of the time, help improve your intelligence or skills. Without any adversity it’s hard to build your character and mental endurance. There’s a reason you enjoy that successful feeling after completing a long project. Your brain ‘feeds’ off those good feelings (by releasing Dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter). This is echoed by those who love to run when they get a ‘runner’s high’.

There is a trick that you can fall into when you’re thinking about the list of things you need to do. Telling yourself and planning out to do something, especially something that’s been lingering on your to do list, simulates a the same, elated experience. You have to work to keep that momentum going! Beat the adversity by pushing forward.

Here are a few tips to help overcome problems:

  • Have a more positive outlook on the problem at hand. Lamenting and dreading the work to overcome the problem only brings negative energy.
  • Write out exactly what you need to do and start finishing small tasks related to it. You only can get up a hill one step at a time.
  • Don’t think about how this particular problem got to you. Screwed something up to get here? Everyone does, it’s how you respond to it that matters.
  • Get rid of distractions while you are working on it. No social media, surfing the web, etc.
  • Take a step back, breathe, relax, think.

As the saying goes, the best way to avoid your problems is to face them.