Feeling somewhat overwhelmed with initiating new changes in your life? The truth is that whenever you begin something new, more often than not you will also experience a feeling of uncomfortable excitement.
Mega Superstar Pink once said, “I always feel a surge of discomfort just before heading out onto the stage, it’s as if I am stepping into some unexplored territory. But each time I face my nervousness and tell myself, “Just go out there and experience the magic. That’s what it’s all about anyways!”
Like Pink, you can learn to turn your problems into opportunities by looking at those circumstances in your life – whether it is the fear of charting the unknown territory of newness in your life, or a problem or situation, in a different way. By simply being interested in what elements for change the situation presents to you, you will be better equipped to resolve any problem or situation more quickly.
In a recent article, writer Kim Alyce Steffgen provides four powerful methods to assist you to turn your problems into opportunities so that you can look at, and reframe, any situation in your life with a fresh, new perspective:
Take a step back and assess your issue. Is it really a problem, or just a set of circumstances to navigate? Did your car go into the shop the same day you were scheduled to be the carpool driver for your hiking club field trip? Don’t just give up. Here’s an opportunity to get to know the other members and club administrators! See who’s got a car to lend and offer a trade in kind for the future.
The more you look at setbacks as opportunities to reevaluate and reorganize, the more you’ll find yourself saying, “I have happy problems.” And the more you will teach yourself to turn your problems into opportunities.
Just as in creative visualization it helps to be specific or detailed, so does asking a good question. Summarize your specific problem: “I need lower car payments to get my budget in line,” vs. “I need more money,” for example. The more bite-sized your problems, the more manageable they’ll become.
Try this exercise for turning a problem into an exciting quest. The question “How can I find more love,” for example, can be turned into the statement, “Love is out there, waiting to be found.” What self-loving thing can you do to make yourself more visible to love? This is how to turn your problems into opportunities at its best!
If things in your business or personal life seem to be stalled, problems, even emergencies, can infuse some new life into your situation. “I just lost a major client,” can be restated as, “I now have room for more solvent clients.” Use your creative visualization skills to rewrite your wish list and reset your goals.
What’s your favorite type of client or business to work with? Close your eyes, focus on that client and bring him into the picture!
Look for the good news. Say your problem is you don’t have enough money for something important, like food or bills. That’s great news! Why? Because, simply by pondering the solution or goal—more money— you are using the energy of money to alleviate your sense of poverty. You may not have the actual money in your hand or bank account quite yet, but the energy of money is always present.
Start by acknowledging to yourself that you have always had money—after all, something supported your life up to this point. Give appreciation for all the money, in all its forms, you’ve received throughout your life. Then remind yourself that this energy, like love, is perpetual, limitless and you can continue to attract it.
Of course it’s a given that life will never be absent of problems. However, you can always you’re your problems into opportunities by taking the time to look challenges directly for your answers, life’s setbacks become more of an adventure and less of a test for survival. And as Pink would agree, that is where the magic happens!
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