5 Powerful Questions to turn Any Problem into Potential
I consider myself very fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. To make the most of it, I go out everyday for an early morning walk around the beach area that I live.
Sometimes when out on those walks I pass a gorgeous elderly lady who rides her invalid scooter along the esplanade. She always plays music that I used to hear on the old 1940’s movies that I watched with mum as a kid.
I always smile and say hello when I see her and imagine that these songs remind her of years gone by, maybe even an old romance that she loves to remember and times that give her comfort and joy.
Now its very obvious that this lovely lady cannot walk far unaided, something that would affect us all in different ways. This lady could quite easily be feeling sorry for herself at home and not venture out at all, which would lead her to feeling flat, sad and maybe even depressed.
What I love is that she has made the best of her situation and found a way to make herself feel good and give her a social life. Instead of focusing on the problem of not being able to walk far unaided, she has found a solution and a way to enjoy life as much as she possibly can.
And it’s the same in any aspect of life, including business.
As we all know, business isn’t always plain sailing and when we experience challenges or obstacles, it’s so easy to get caught up in the situation and see it as a great problem.
The thing is, when we do this it makes it increasingly difficult for us to see the solution. We experience a spiraling down effect. The more we focus on a problem, the greater the problem becomes and the more problems we are likely to experience.
When we choose to look at things from a different perspective and look for the solution, it changes everything.
As Einstein once said:
“We can’t solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
So to be able to jump out of the spiral, find solutions more easily and get the results that we want, it’s important to change the way we think.
To do this we start communicating with ourselves differently and asking ourselves very different questions.
When you are faced with a challenge, ask yourself:
1. What outcome do I want?
If we get immersed in a problem, it becomes difficult to see a way out because we are focusing on what is happening right now, not how we want it to be. When we get clear on the result that we want, we begin focusing on what we DO want and give ourselves the first step forward.
2. What is really happening right now?
Get real on what IS happening. We get accustomed to seeing things in a certain way. So learn to see it from another perspective. Think about how someone else might view the situation.
3. What can I learn from this?
Look for the potential or the possibility in the problem. There is always the potential to learn something from it. It could be the opportunity to learn a new marketing method or to create a new process. There is always something to learn, even if its growth for you.
4. What options do I have to change this?
Brainstorm as many ideas you can think of to change the situation. Look at what other people are doing to help you with this or brainstorm with someone else. Often someone else can help you shift your perspective, making it easier to see solutions.
5. How and when will I implement the change?
Decide from your list of options which you will use and how you will use it. Create a deadline and commit to doing what it takes to get the results that you want.
When you choose to communicate with yourself in this way, you will notice that the problems occur less and the potential for possibilities and opportunities occur more. That is what I call a powerful mindset.
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