3 Strategies for Solving Most of Your Problems

Problems

I was visiting with a friend a while back who loves The Dr. Phil Show.  Personally, I like Dr. Phil just fine and think his advice is pretty solid.  I mean come on … he is Dr. Phil.  However, I usually find shows like that quite frustrating .  When I shared my thoughts with my friend, I told him that I feel like virtually everyone on the show could solve most of their problems using just three simple strategies.  Intrigued, he said, “Go on …”

Strategy #1 – Make Up Your Mind to Change Your Mind

Most of our problems are a result of us not wanting to change, or holding on to a belief for no good reason. When you make up your mind to change your mind about the problem in front of you, you are well on your way to solving the problem.  Examples: If a class I’m taking it totally stressing me out, then I would decide that no matter what, I’m going to have fun in that class.  I made up my mind to change my mind about the class. Additionally, if I have to be in the same social or professional circles as someone who drives me up the wall, I could decide to accept them as they are — knowing that I cannot change anyone but myself — and embrace their personality when I have to be around them.  I’ve made up my mind to change MY mind about them and the situation.

Strategy #2 – Take Positive Action

Often our problems arise because of our inaction.  The best way out of them is to take positive action toward resolving the problem.  Examples:  If I have a project due soon, I’m going to feel better about it if I take some type of action toward completing it.  If want to open my own business, I have to take action.  I can’t just sit around all day hoping and dreaming.  I have to do something to build the business.  This is one that I hear all the time:  I wish I had more money.  However, the person is rarely doing anything to change their level of income!  You have to take positive action to accomplish the things you want in life.

Strategy #3 – Be Happy!

If you want to be happy, then BE!  Our choices in life will dictate our circumstances.  If we allow our circumstances to dictate our choice to be happy, we are operating in reverse and will never move forward.  The better our choices, the better our chances of success.  Being happy is all about making up your mind to change your mind from not happy to happy.  Example:  I’m not happy that I have to get up and go to work on Monday morning.  Wouldn’t it just be easier to decide to be happy about having a job and to focus on the positive aspects of the job — or, go to Strategy #2 and find a new job?  This is not to say that happy people have fewer problems, but happy people most definitely handle their problems with less stress.  And … less stress makes for much better problem solving.

At the end of the day, almost everything comes down to how we think, the action we take, and the decision to be happy with the life we have (and if you are not happy with the life you have, change the way you are thinking about it, take some action, and be happy!).

To your success -

Chad Simpson, RPh
The Pharmacist Guy™

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.

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