How to Deal With Problems

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Problems cannot be avoided in everyday life. When we do not have difficulties, the human mind has a tendency to create extra problems. To deal with problems that arise we should not seek to avoid them. We need to look at them as an opportunity to improve our nature. By overcoming problems we can strengthen our will and learn valuable lessons.

Here are some tips for dealing with problems:

1. Don’t Feel Miserable

The existence of a problem does not mean we should feel miserable or guilty. True, the problem may be the result of our previous mistakes, but, regretting the past will not help us deal with the issue at hand. Also, quite often problems arise through no fault of our own. To feel guilty for problems created by others is to make a double mistake.

2. Opportunity not a Problem

Often what we see as a problem is really an opportunity to learn something or overcome a certain weakness. We will never invite problems into our life, but if we are able to have the right attitude we realise that by overcoming them we can learn something quite valuable.

Our goal is not to have
A problem-free life.
But to conquer all the problems
As they appear
Along our life-road.

Source: No Unreachable Goal, by Sri Chinmoy

3. Be Resolute

If the problem is stemming from other people, we have to be steadfast in not allowing the problem to enter into us. We should try to build an invisible barrier to stop the negativity entering into us. For example, if others are very stressed, they will subconsciously try to pass their anxieties onto us. If we are not strong these anxieties will enter into us. However, if we can detach ourselves from their worries and stress we will remain unaffected.

“Courage consists in equality to the problem before us.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. Imagine the solution.

If we just concentrate on the problems facing us, we will become depressed and our focus will be on the magnitude of the problem. In this state of mind it becomes an uphill battle to solve the problem. To conquer a problem we need to focus on the solution. Therefore, we need to retain a positive attitude and take practical steps to work out a solution, step by step.

5. Change Our Attitude

Quite often certain problems keep repeating themselves. These problems are the result of our inner and outer attitude. For these perennial problems we need to create a new perspective. It is insufficient to try and avoid these problems or respond with our habitual response. If appropriate take the advice of other people. This will help you to step back and look at the problem from a different angle. The important thing is to change our mindset. As Albert Einstein said:

“A problem can not be solved with the same consciousness that created it.

Problems only disappear when we conquer the problem at the root. The root cause is our thought and perspective.

6. Don’t rely on Potatoes

“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.”

– Douglas Adams

Humour can be an effective antidote to many problems of the mind. If we have small concerns and worries try to smile and laugh. – It may just be the best solution

Photo by Sharani Robbins, Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

25 thoughts on “How to Deal With Problems”

  1. Thank you for inspirational and interesting guide lines. It can help me to be a better and matured person.

  2. hi, thank you it really helps ……
    hope u will continue sharing your inspirational thoughts about storms in life…

  3. Really nice! But how to handle a problem if a person keeps on lying? How a person can deal with a liar? How to deal with a person if he changes colour like chameleon? To make the thing worse, you can not avoid the person because he is your colleague and he convince bosses with his lies? Any solution?

  4. this website has been a lifesaver for me. I needed this to keep me going to persue my goals and aspirations. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work in spreading your messages across!

  5. …thanks it helps a lot…i got so much inspiration in these, that problems are normal in human’s life..thanks again….god bless

  6. thank you very much! you made me realize that im not one of the few who have problems….everyone has problems….nom matter how big or small…………thank you once again.

  7. Thank you so much! What I get really help me. It will help my kids too.

    Once again thank you so much for your help.

  8. …hi!
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    inspirational guide lines..
    it can help me to make an
    easy to solve my daily problems..
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  9. I have always been a positive person but find other peoples negativity around me draining – this has been a great inspiration and will guide me in the months and years ahead – Everyone has problems – and you always need strength and believe in yourself to get you through along with good family, friends and a positive attitude.

  10. I have always been a positive person but find other peoples negativity around me draining

    I like reading this… good family and friends important too!

  11. Thanks and blessed with the kind of advice and good moral you’ve written here! I must say that am happy and may the Almighty give strength to help others more!
    Cheers and may God bless u and keep u!

  12. thank you very much for giving me a peace of mind, you have helped me to overcome my problems. thank you once again.

  13. Big thanx for bulding me up i feel so free minded im realy helpd.may the almight God bless u nd giv u mo wisdom lyk king Solomon requsted.

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