When we get hit with a problem, it seems like it’s always more than one at a time to add to our already growing list.
That causes stress that can actually force us to make bad decisions and prolong the grief.
But there is a better way:
- Don’t try to solve a new problem on the spot, manage it. Put it on a priority list with everything else.
- Resist the urge to solve the next problem that comes along.
- Know the there are three kinds of problems and we would do well to know them inside and out: the kind that can be solved, the kind that can’t be solved and the ones that for some reason or the other resolve themselves.
- Put emotion in its place. Getting emotional usually makes a problem more important than it may actually be. Resist that temptation.
- My favorite: every time you chip away at an existing problem, try to see it as making a small payment one installment at a time as opposed to one giant move to make it go away.
“Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things” — Henry Ward Beecher