When it comes to building something of value, whether that’s a business, a joint venture, a brand, or even yourself as an individual, the most important thing to remember is that challenge is part of the process. All too often, people seek the easy road, (which is the thought easy route) as if that’s the path they would prefer to travel. Truth is, it’s not. You don’t learn anything when the wind is always at your back. You don’t improve your problem-solving skills when there’s never a problem to solve.
Chances Are That This Problem Has Existed And Been Solved Before
Chances are, 100% problems out there have existed before you. You’re definitely not reinventing the wheel. Whenever you are confronted with a challenge, take a moment and realize that someone else, somewhere in the world, has most likely run into this exact same challenge and they’ve found a way through it. The best thing you can do is to read. Read and study your craft, your industry, and the problems other people have endured on their own quests forward. Read and learn from their mistakes, and then apply what you’ve learned to your own unique situation.
Believe In The Possibilities
Some might say it is impossible for a human being to breathe underwater. Ok, well what if you wore a snorkel? What if you had an oxygen tank connected to your back? What if you used a submarine? The solution you’re looking for might come in a variety of different forms. Be open to that. Always, keep an open mind. There are literally, very, very few things that are technically “impossible.”
There’s Always A Solution
Majority of people resort to stressful behavior whenever they’re put in a challenging situation. “This is never going to work!” Instead, say to yourself (and your cohort), “We will figure this out, there has to be a way out.” Get the tide moving in that direction, and you’ll be amazed with what obvious solutions suddenly rise to the surface.
Ask Someone More Experienced Than You
You don’t solve problems by sitting in a dark room thinking about what the answer should be. Rather, by interacting with people, throwing ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks and what doesn’t. When you run into a challenge, use your network as a resource. Everyone has faced their own unique set of challenges in their time, and it’s beneficial to learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t try to do everything on your own. It’s really never efficient.
Keep An Open Mind
It’s important, especially when faced up against an obstacle, that you realize whatever you start offering energetically to the situation is what will come back to you. If you remain open and in a positive problem-solving state, then the answers will float your way. If you close off and start blaming other people, then guess what, people are going to start blaming you too.
Thanks As Always, Rekah.
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