The problem with problems




 "When I tell them there's no problems, only solutions" ~ John Lennon

The real problem with problems is that they don't go away us unless something changes. Like it or not, problems & challenges have their purpose. For us, they are catalysts for learning and growth.

Another problem with problems is that we tend to ignore the ones we don't know how to solve or that require us to get out of our comfort zone. The typical person will start with the easiest problems first, whether they are the most serious or not.  When our mind is faced with a problem it doesn't know how to solve, it tries to evade, to escape, to pretend that the situation isn't important.  By limiting our work to what is easy, we limit our growth and satisfaction in life.  Handling problems require taking risks, being uncomfortable, confronting, and knowing that the results may be what you do not expect nor want.

So the first step is to identify what are the most difficult problems in your life.  No easy solutions here.  A lot of mindful introspection.  Not an easy problem.

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