Defining a Problem
Facing a problem, or perhaps problems when life is rough, feels nerve wracking.
You feel like the train of thought you were on has gone off the track.
The problem stops time and diverts your mental energy away from other work.
However, I believe when you are confronted with a problem, big or small, it brings a moment of decision.
You have the power to determine whether it affects you or if you will learn from it.
How you react to the problem speaks to how you constructively use the defining moment.
Reacting to Problems
Depending on what you do or where you are geographically, problems change.
Taking the high road and not letting them affect us may become even harder.
Problems arise for everyone, but the only thing which changes is how we react to them.
Your reaction determines how you feel.
When you are faced with a challenge or adversity, there is always a moment of decision which arises.
The moment is short and may feel fleeting, but it is where you can conscientiously react.
Whether you allow anxiety to flood, take a moment to gain composure, or continue on as if it did not happen, they are all decisions you are able to make.
Depending on what you are faced with, not overreacting could be your best option.
Not acting immediately is often a good idea.
Evaluating what changed, if anything, before making a decision is usually the best idea.
Another great way to think about a problem is ask yourself if it will matter in a day.
Or even a week.
Depending on the severity, it may be easier than you originally believe.
It all comes back to how you decide to react.
Not Fearing Reaction
At many times in my life problems have had a tendency to disappear.
At first, they seem soul crushing and difficult, but in a day they may go away.
No one wants to hear bad news or about how something went wrong, but a lot of times it is not damning.
There is always a accompanying fear that a problem needs immediate attention.
It feels like the walls are closing and the faster you move, the better you will fare.
Generally it seems restrictive, but making an impulsive decision may not be the best.
Taking the moment to think may have you realize there is a better alternative.
When your problem is defined and you stop to see it is not as bad as you thought, you disarm it.
What you imagined is not critical.
There are other options when your anxiety is not bubbling up.
Because everything is sudden and appears scary initially, taking a moment to think is what separates those who react from those who solve problems effectively.
Often, the problem is not immediately urgent and you can get back to it.
The next time you have something come up, really ask yourself if you will remember it next week.
Determine how soon it needs to be addressed.
Taking the moment to not react is how you minimize a problem and consider how to deal with it more effectively than you would have originally.
How have you dealt with a seemingly terrible problem? Let us know in the comments!