Here’s something that blew my mind.
There are no problems says Tony Robbins. A problem is just a question that remains unanswered. And what is an issue? An issue is a question that remains unanswered that has a judgement attached to it.
Here is an example that you could relate to: The cost of living has gone up hugely (not only in South Africa) and it is difficult to afford many of the expenses that come up regularly and especially emergency expenses, nevermind saving up for retirement and other life goals. If you focus on the fact that it’s a problem it can become insurmountable and unfixable and very stressful.
And what about an issue? If an issue is the same as a problem but with a judgement attached to it, the judgement would be something like – I have no self control. Life is unfair. There is never enough.
If you look at it instead as a question that remains unanswered you need to ask a question. So you could ask something like – What can I do to earn extra money? How can I put away a small amount every month towards savings? Where am I spending too much? Am I buying things that I don’t need? What can I cut back on? Do I need help and if so how can I get help?
Once you start asking and answering these questions you will start to find solutions for the situation that you find yourself in. If we use the above example you may find that there are various ways to change the way you’ve been using money up until now.
Does this make sense to you? The same applies to any “problem” or “issue”.
Do you see how this can help you to get through situations that are difficult or stressful? Let me know what you think.