Thursday, October 20, 2005

There is a right way to approach a problem

"All things are difficult before they are easy."
- John Norley

Any problem we must solve may cause us apprehension or fear because it seems so enormous, so overwhelming. Yet by the time we work how how we will approach the problem, it becomes almost routine.

There's no need to rush into the problem before we are prepared to address it. Sometimes I postpone working on something for days until I figure out how to work my way through it. By the time I actually do the work, it goes well because I have given myself time to develop the right approach.

Rushing into a problem before we are prepared could result in emotional problems that are far worse than the problem itself.

Given yourself a few days to think about a problem before you delve into it. The stress caused by rushing into a problem you don't know how to face may cause stress that will compromise your immune system and generate friction between you and others around you.

Sometimes talking with others about a problem helps. They may not give you the solution you need, but they may give you the chance to sound out your own ideas until you find the right path to take.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help people find the right paths to solution, not just the right solutions.
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