Very frequently, individuals look for the simple path, as though that is the way they would want to travel. Actually, it’s definitely not. You don’t learn anything when the wind is dependably at your back. You don’t enhance your critical thinking abilities when there’s never an issue to unravel.
Instead of looking for ways to avoid obstacles, take a page out of Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is The Way.
Someone else has run into this issue before — and solved it
99.9 percent of the problems out there have existed before you. Chances are, you aren’t reinventing the wheel.
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.
2. Nothing is “impossible”
Some may state it is impossible for an individual to inhale submerged. Alright, well imagine a scenario where you wore a snorkel.
The solution you’re looking for might come in a variety of different forms. Be open to that. There are very, very, very few things that are technically “impossible.”
3. There’s always a solution
Building off the second point here, it’s important to remember that there is always a solution — you just haven’t found it yet. Most people resort to stressful behavior whenever they’re put in a challenging situation.
Instead, say to yourself (and your cohort), “We will figure this out — there is a solution.” Get the tide moving in that direction, and you’ll be amazed with what obvious answers suddenly rise to the surface.
4. Ask someone more experienced than you
You don’t solve problems in a vacuum — a.k.a. sitting in a dark room thinking about what the answer should be. You solve problems by interacting with people, throwing ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks.
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 not efficient, and rarely necessary.
5. “What’s coming at you is what’s coming from you”
This is a lesson a learned from an old co-worker of mine. Whenever something went wrong and everyone was freaking out, they would take their stress out on other people.
It’s vital, particularly when confronted up against a snag, that you understand whatever you start offering vigorously to the circumstance is the thing that will return to you. On the off chance that you stay open and in a positive critical thinking state, then the answers will make you happy.
If you close off and start blaming other people, then guess what — people are going to start blaming you too.