Wednesday, July 5, 2017

9 Reasons Why I Want to Live My Life “In the Solution”

I’ve generally been critical and sarcastic for much of my life. I’ve seen how these orientations have impeded my personal and professional development. Granted, these energies also have come in handy. I wouldn’t say I’m jettisoning them entirely. It’s that focusing on what’s wrong—the problem—only has helped me to go so far.  I’ve decided to turn my attention to helping make things better by focusing on the solution. I’ve learned that when I’m “in the solution” 

I more readily accept setbacks and mistakes as inevitable and indispensable for growth.

I’m more inclined to challenge myself and those around me to improve. While there may be a specific end in mind, I see it as one step on an ongoing journey of self-improvement. 

I display energy, perseverance, and positivity.

My energy and enthusiasm attracts others to support my effort.

I seek out and use best practices to achieve my goal.

I seek out and listen to feedback from trusted sources.

I gracefully listen to those who focus on the problem, and/or who cast aspersions on me or my methods. I don’t dismiss what they say nor do I take it personally. I see if there’s any merit to their arguments and incorporate what makes sense. I redirect my energies towards the solution. I refuse to get caught up in negativity or dwelling on the problem. 

I can see new, unexpected possibilities and opportunities.

I learn from the past but don’t fixate on it; instead, I strive to live wholly in the present as I work to realize a better future. And by being in the present, I’m able to put aside fears and worries about what may or may not happen. 

Note that the sample size for my being "in the solution" remains small. I’m still a work in progress. I consider being consistently “in the solution” to be an aspirational goal. I know it’s one well worth the time and energy. 

Check out three subsequent blog posts where I elaborate on what it means to live "in the solution." Read them here, here, and here

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