Have you got a problem is the title of the introductory chapter in the first section of our soon to be released book on changing your life.
You can never solve a problem on the level it was created. – Albert Einstein.
Every day I see a procession of people coming into my consultation room, each of them are there for a reason, most of them want help with medical problems and some want help with psychological or social problems. My job initially is to find out exactly what their problem is, I do this by asking questions about symptoms, when necessary I examine the patient looking for clinical signs, then if needed I perform the tests to either confirm the diagnosis or to exclude something more serious.
Sometimes people come in to see me looking for solutions but often the solution is not possible unless they first admit they have a problem in the first place, there are also times when superficial problems clearly have a root cause that needs to be tackled first before a real solution can be found.
The point of this opening chapter is to introduce the first section of the book which is all about problems, about how we get stuck and about how we can get moving towards a solution.
The majority of people who read this book, already know they have a problem and they are reading it because they want to find a solution, it could be they want to leave a job or a relationship, it may be they want to do something new, it may be they just want to get the courage to follow their dream.
If you want to get more out of your life, you need to figure out what’s stopping you, get some direction and take action, when you do this it almost always means that you also need to change, just think about how you were before you realised something needed fixing, perhaps then you wondered through life with an ‘ignorance is bliss’ mentality perhaps blaming others and never blaming yourself for the shortcomings in your life, this was before you took responsibility, because a lot of what this book does is all down to you, this book gives you the tools, helps you learn how to use them, however the underlying denominator is you.
Maybe you don’t have a problem, perhaps for now that’s true, life however does have a habit of throwing things at us and perhaps when we least expect it, this means that there will be sometime in the future when you get stuck and what you learn in the first section of the book will help you then.
At each level of your personal development, to get up to the next level, you need to let go of what’s holding you back, in a few chapters we will discuss how you can break away from your limitations and move towards solutions and the opportunities that will surround you.
If you are focussing on a problem it’s far more likely that opportunities in life will remain hidden, and this is when the words of Einstein quoted at the beginning of this chapter resonate because solutions sometimes fail to appear if we fail to take our thinking and ourselves to the next level.
This section of the book is all about problems, it is written in two parts, the first concerns itself with helping you understand how you get stuck in a problem state, the next section concerns itself with how you go about getting out of it.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. – Nido Qubein
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