When you have a problem, sometimes you need a new skill or
skill set to deal with it. That was an epiphany generated
from listening to a speaker the other day. Everything seemed
so clear in that moment. Yes, it made sense.
Sometimes when you wrestle with problems, you might not see
an immediate solution and you struggle to find one. After a
while, you might give up completely, thinking that it is
impossible to find a solution for that particular problem.
At that moment, the idea that you might simply need new
skills or knowledge to overcome the difficulty can be very
Making that mental connection allows you to escape being
stuck and giving up, it focuses your mind on a solution. It
doesn't allow you to think that there is no solution which
can only lead to depression or feeling 'down'.
But then you might think that you lack knowledge or skills
in a certain area. Yet, you know that you could either find
that knowledge or develop the skills to solve your problem.
Alternatively, you could hire someone to solve your problem.
NO killing please, that is not a solution, but a doorway to
greater problems. However, under normal circumstances,
hiring someone with the right skills is perfectly
acceptable. For example, you might higher a plumber if you
have a problem with your shower or sink. You could take the
time to learn the skills but you have to weigh the value of
that learning curve against how much it would cost to
actually hire someone with the skills already.
Maybe you have decided that there is no one with the skill
set you need available or that it is worth your time to
develop a new skill. What are some sources of knowledge and
places to develop these new skill sets? Libraries, books,
online searches, bookstores, Internet, circles of influence,
brainstorming, mastermind groups and even asking someone you
don't know for their viewpoint can sometimes yield new
ideas, leading to new results.
The bottom line is that there are resources everywhere for
you to tap into, you just have to open your eyes and allow
yourself to become aware that this is the case. There is
always a way to find new resources and you can keep tapping
those resources for expertise until you find what you are
looking for and you develop the new skill.
There are also ways to reframe existing problems.
Questioning the underlying thoughts that support your belief
that you even have a problem in the first place can
sometimes yield interesting results. Sometimes we get stuck
in a mindset and asking ourselves questions to understand
the legitimacy or redefine the reality of situation can be
Dave Snape is a health, fitness and wellness enthusiast. His website is http://tobeinformed.com