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Perspective Shift – Stop Problem Solving Fears, Free Yourself Today

Have you ever had one of those moments when a thought smacks you square in the face, and it makes you think in a completely different way?

My wife and I were traveling across country for my job.  I hauled race cars around the country for race team promotional events.  It was a great job.  We got to see many places that we might not necessarily have wanted to visit.  Talk about broadening your horizons.

Jerome Car Show - Michael Waltrip Car 99

But any way, back to my paradigm shift.  We were traveling east through New Mexico on Interstate 40 and I was thinking boy, this sure was prettier on the trip westward.  And all of sudden, like a bolt of lightning, I thought, it’s all about perspective.  Now this really isn’t a novel idea, by any means.   But it is one we often tend to overlook.  But that morning it really hit home, as we had been wrestling with some important decisions and had hit the proverbial brick wall.

And to this day, when faced with a dilemma, I try to use the my traveling perspective for creative problem solving.  When faced with a problem, I think about myself in the seat of my Chevy 3500 dually pickup truck and look at the problem like a solid, un-scalable wall.  I drive east past that huge, smooth wall and then make a u-turn and look at the wall again.  This time I can see cracks and crevices enough to get a toe or finger hole.  I can see myself climbing up and over that wall.

This is what problem solving is all about.  Take your fear or anxiety out of the picture.  Look at the problem from a different perspective.

  • How would your best friend handle it or your parent?
  • Can it be whittled down to smaller, manageable pieces?
  • Can you call on your network of friends to assist?
  • How could you spin it in a positive light?

If ideas don’t come right away, sleep on it.  It is amazing what clear thoughts you will have in the morning.

Take control of your problems today.

Wishing you all collapsible walls.

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