Putting Problems into Perspective

It comes as no surprise to anyone that in life, shit happens and problems occur, we all know that. However, today, we want to develop a new method when thinking about problems.
I am sure that if you think about any big problem you have had in the past, some of them, might not look so scary anymore, why is that?

If you want to tackle your problems with a different approach, get a friend of yours or somebody you trust and do the following exercise:

Create a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is “easy to get through” and 10 is “extremely hard to get through”. Now, both of you, should write an example of a problem for each degree on the scale, for example 1 being a problem that is very easy to overcome and 10 being the worst problem imaginable.

After this, compare your examples. It will soon become clear to the both of you, that a problem cannot be big or small itself, but it can be bigger or smaller depending on how you perceive it.

For example, one of you may consider “losing my job” a 5 on a scale from 1-10 whereas the other one thinks it is a 9. Problems are all about perspective. People who have had experience in facing specific problems, will be prone to think that they are easier to overcome, whereas somebody who has never faced it will deem it much more difficult.

So, it’s not how big the problem is. Instead, it is about how big we are. How many times we have we stepped out of our comfort zones, how many times we have embraced and adapted to changes, how many times we had to manage ourselves to still be in control when all we wanted to do was escape.

Try to get out of your comfort zone every now and then, try sympathizing with other peoples’ problems. Read, Learn, Try, strive for making your making your “toolbox” the most resourceful you can so that you will be ready to face all degrees of problems!


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