Wednesday, April 29, 2009
5 Problem-Solving Questions.
Ever wake up in the morning thinking about all the stuff you have to get done today, or lay awake at night thinking about all the stuff you didn't get done today?
This list of 5 questions, created originally by Anthony Robbins, can help act as a guide to using your own intuition to help solve some of life's greatest challenges:
1) What is great about this problem?
Whoa. How can a problem be great, right? If you think about it, the only way to grow as a person, artist, athlete, whatever, is to challenge yourself to overcome obstacles and struggles to become the best you can be. Whatever situation you're in at the moment, you put yourself there just to "see" how you can handle it.
2) What is not perfect yet?
The emphasis is on the word "yet" because this then implies that things are going to be perfect at some point in the near future; as of right now things are simply on their way towards perfection.
3) What am I willing to do to make things the way I want them to be?
At this point, your mind will automatically start searching for solutions to whatever your problem will be -- it's essentially a bio-electric computer with a TON of information, data and logical computing power, so why not use it to the max? This is called "focusing on the solution instead of the problem", i.e. Solution-Based Thinking.
As Wayne Dyer says "The ability to make things float was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things." That's Solution-Based Thinking.
4) What am I willing to no longer do to make things the way I want them?
Yes, you may have to give up some bad habits that are causing problems in your life. Remember though, these habits are not THE cause -- that's you. They are simply the means by which you choose to create your own success or your own downfall. Take your pick.
5) How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make things the way I want them?
Most important: if you aren't having fun while you're plodding along through life, what's the point? Being in a state of happiness all the time, besides being fun and good for you, actually allows things to happen faster and easier because you are automatically in a state of allowing every day. Make it a game if you have to, and try not to take yourself so damn seriously! Laugh it off, run around, do a somersault, pour water on your head, or throw a pie in your own face once in awhile -- just for fun!
Next time you have what some would consider to be a "problem", whether it's needing new tires, juggling too many commitments, disagreements with a loved one, or even losing a job, try to ask yourself these questions, with an open mind, and see if they don't at least help calm you down and be in the moment, where the solution to your challenge is always to be found.
I learned about these 5 questions from Tony Robbins on MorningCoach.com.
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