Ways Of Looking At Problems

"the problem contains the solution"

People have their own ways of looking at and solving their problems. Some may avoid thinking about them especially if the problems are trivial. On the other hand, there have been cases of people attempting suicide because of the seriousness of their problems. In this post, I shall share with you some ideas on how to look at and how to solve some problems effectively.

Firstly, we have to sit down and reflect upon the root cause of the problem. This can be done via reflection on paper. You may realize that the root cause has triggered the sub problems you are facing now. For example, a family problem could be the root cause for a child's misbehavior in class such as disturbing friends, playing truant, stealing money and so forth. If we were to solve the student's class problems we will not be addressing the real issue which may persist for a long time.

Secondly, we have to discuss the problem with people whom we trust. No man is an island. Similarly, when we talk to our confidantes and share our views we know that we are not alone in solving whatever problems we may have. Sometimes we may find it difficult discussing issues with your parents. This is where the school counselors come in. As they are trained and sworn to secrecy, you can count on them for positive and practical advice and help. Through personal experience, I have walked out of my school counselor's room feeling lighter and more positive.

Thirdly, we have to train ourselves to be mentally strong. This simply means we have to look at the positive side of things. Every cloud has a silver lining. Similarly we have to view a problem as a learning process and not as a stumbling block. History has shown us that great characters like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are revered until today for what they made out of their problems to achieve their country's dreams. The point is to never give up and to think of our failures as a guide to success.

There are many ways to look and to solve a problem. Problems are here to stay and the important thing is to select a method that works effectively for you to solve any of your problems.

ps/ forgive me if theres any typing errors

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