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Expect Problems

Nicole Hiltibran February 29, 2016 mental health


I just love this quote. We all have problems and trials throughout our lives. It’s how we respond to and deal with them that can either offer us a successful life or more struggle. The word “problem” is defined as “a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.” and “any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty. 2. a question proposed for solution or discussion”. Synonyms include difficulty, trouble, worry, complication, difficult situation; snag, hitch, drawback, stumbling block, obstacle, hurdle, hiccup, setback, catch; predicament, plight; misfortune, mishap, misadventure; dilemma, quandary; headache, nightmare “they ran into a problem” nuisance, bother, pest, irritant, thorn in one’s side/flesh, vexation; drag, pain, pain in the neck “I don’t want to be a problem”

What separates those who eat problems for breakfast vs those who mishandle them? Indeed several factors contribute to managing problems well but a few skills and characteristics include emotional endurance, tenacity, assertiveness, and initiative. Some of these qualities are actually formed from developed skill sets.  For example, assertiveness skills can be learned and there is specific training available to address this need. Emotional endurance is often developed from the ability to tolerate uncomfortable feelings, tasks, and circumstances. This takes practice and commitment.

Unfortunately, our culture no longer appears to support this type of development. We are a culture of quick fixes, immediate rewards, and expectations of passively obtaining success. It’s not surprising that young adults are being terminated from their jobs in epidemic numbers. The problem, their inability to tolerate emotional discomfort and complete undesirable tasks. Those that face their problems head on are significantly more likely to succeed.

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