Some years ago, when the world seemed to close in on me and I felt as
though I was trapped between the sword and the wall, I made an exciting
discovery. Actually, it was a phenomenon that was as old as dirt but it
took on significant meanings for me because it freed me from all my
problems and all the stresses and pressures that were being imposed upon
I discovered that there is only one simple root cause of all problems.
When this primal cause becomes known, understood and properly applied, all
problems disappear like snowflakes on a hot griddle. In fact this
discovery launched me on a life-long career as a professional problem
solver for a widely diverse personal, professional and corporate client
base that included many of the giants of American business.
I had discovered the law of opposites.
Take just a minute and think about the world you live in. Have you ever
noticed how everything you're involved in is comprised of opposites?
Opposites abound everywhere and in every situation. Webster has many
definitions for opposites but they are best summed up in the one where he
defines opposites as "elements that are so far apart as to be totally
For example, we have such irreconcilable opposites as up and down, left
and right, short and tall, light and dark, assets and liabilities,
success and failure, freedom and bondage and on and on and on. I doubt
that you think of anything that does not have an implied opposite
Think about it: We live in a world of division. We live in a world where
"twoness" prevails; a world of duality where very position, situation and
condition is challenged by some alternative where one side is always
pulling against another or pushing up against a wall that will not yield.
This is living in a world that is perfectly designed to promote struggle,
turmoil, conflict, confusion, disputes and disagreements. This law of
opposites is the cause of all problems. Without knowing how to control or
overcome this law of opposites, people try to adapt to it without
realizing that by so doing they only succeed in increasing their
frustrations and prolonging any solution. Is it any wonder that so many
people are suffering such pressures, stresses and anxieties!
If these people could somehow prevent this law from operating in their
individual experiences they could enjoy living is a world where oneness
prevailed and those things we call problems would have no influence over
This might be best illustrated by using such familiar opposites as
positive and negative. Positives and negatives are opposites and have
nothing in common. They cannot mix or commingle. Neither can one be
described in term of the other. Try as you might, you cannot successfully
justify one to the other. They are opposites. It is the law!
A problem is defined by Webster as "an intricate, unsettled question
without an answer; a source of perplexity and vexation". By their very
nature, problems are negative. Webster defines "negative" as "something
that is the opposite, or negation, of something". That "something" is the
positiveness of the problem's solution. Webster's definition of
"positive" is "that which is real, not speculative, not fictitious and
logically affirmative; that which has actual existence".
Just as a negative has absolutely no positive characteristics, so a
positive has absolutely no negative characteristics. They are opposites.
It is the law! And because it is an absolute, universal law it is not
subject to chance, change, modification, circumvention or debate. It
maintains its own integrity, is self- enforcing and works simply because
it exists?forever! When properly applied it is your absolute assurance of
The problem is negative and unreal. The objective is positive and real.
Logic, then, demands that in order to experience your goal or objective or
receive the answer to your question, you must discipline yourself to
maintain a mind-set that is responsive to the positive ideas that will
dissolve your negative problems.
This is probably the most demanding discipline you will ever be faced with
because we've been trained to accept both positives and negatives as
real. From this premise, we attempt to solve a problem by confronting
it as an adversary with which we are compelled to do battle. We try to
"understand" it and "deal" with it as though it were a reality instead of
simply being a negation of that which we are seeking.
Does all this sound too abstract to be practical in what we call the
"real" world of nuts and bolts? While individual circumstances will vary,
the procedural application of this law is always the same.
( See my article "Taking the Problem Out of Problem Solving")
Consider this case study: Static sale plagued a company and great effort
and money was invested to find some means by which they could increase the
sales volume of their product. Their best efforts failed and they
resigned themselves to the conviction that the market was flooded to the
point of saturation and nothing further could be done. They were prepared
to "eat their losses" and move on.
Then the principles embodied in this discovery were initiated by one
individual who, in the secrecy of his own thought, maintained the
integrity of this positive, constructive, solution oriented approach. He
mentally rejected all discussions that focused on the "problem" even
though circumstances required that he be involved in them. Soon a plan
began developing in his thought. Every detail of a brand new
merchandising procedure unfolded that was a radical departure from all
traditional methods. The plan was implemented and sales increased
immediately to a level that far exceeded the company's most optimistic
projections. As an added bonus, the implementation of this plan did not
require any additional capital expenditures.
This confirms Victor Hugo's statement that, "there is nothing more
powerful than the right idea whose time has come".
The sales "problem" simply disappeared. Why? Because, being an unreal
negation, it never did have the substance or reality of its positive
opposite. Where did the problem go? It went to the same place the flat
world went as soon as Columbus discovered that it was really round. It
didn't "go" anywhere because it wasn't a real "something" to begin with!
Details of this discovery are fully outlined in a logical continuity of
demonstrable natural laws and principles in my latest book "The DYNAMICS
For more than 40 years Davis Goss has been a creative consultant with
particular expertise in problem solving for widely divers client base that
has included many of the giants of American business. His latest book,
"The DYNAMICS of ACHIEVEMENT": outlines the details of his unique problem
solving methods that are based solely on proven scientific principles.
Davis Goss has had more than 40 years experience as a creative consultant to the benefit of a widely diverse client base that has included amny nof the giants of American busibess. His particular expertise in problem solving and new product development. His latest book "The DYNAMICS of ACHIEVEMENT" details the continuity of his scientific approach whichis based solely on natural laws and principles.