When trying to problem-solve it’s good to get some distance in order to look at it in a different way. You know that old adage, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” When bogged down by challenges, we are are often just too close to see what’s going on.
How do you get distance?
- Talk to a trusted friend. Sometimes hearing your own voice helps bring clarity to a situation.
- Take time out to get away. Even if it’s just a short walk or a change of scenery, you can see things differently.
- Sleep on it. Most of the time things really do look better in the morning. Our brains have time to work through the issues during the night and we can tackle them with more energy at the beginning of the day.
- Switch gears. I have a lot of electronic issues. I get frustrated easily. When something won’t upload or download or post, whatever, I’ll step outside or do a chore. Suddenly the solution becomes obvious. When it doesn’t, then I ask for help.
Asking for help is difficult for a helper like me. I don’t like to ask but I’m getting better at it. I find that getting help actually makes things easier. Go figure!
For problems that go beyond minor frustrations, it’s important to have a spiritual support system.
What works for you when you are wrestling with a problem?