From the Desk of Keith Hafner
Dealing With Problems part 1
Solving the problems in your life requires you to change your understanding of at least three words: confront; tolerate; anger.
Confront: People often think of a confrontational person as being obnoxious and looking for trouble. However, people who solve problems realize they have to confront problem situations.
Tolerate: Tolerance is thought of as a good thing — and it often is. But problem solvers refuse to tolerate the things in their lives that cause them pain…or even inconvenience!
Anger: Anger is often destructive. However. Problem solvers understand that is useful to “get mad” at their problems (remember, at problems — not at people!) and use that energy to create positive change. The opposite of being angry at the problem is being afraid of it!
Sometimes having a problem is described as “having a pebble in your shoe.”
A pebble is a small thing…but inside your shoe, it can cause a lot of discomfort.
If you have a pebble in your shoe, you start walking funny. Next thing you know, your knees hurt, and then your back.
So — do you keep walking, adjusting your stride, learning to “manage” the back and knee pain?
Or do you pull your shoe off and remove the pebble?