How can you turn problems into opportunities?

There is a known saying that says “We can’t choose the crises, but we can choose how to deal with them.” Finally, the way we deal with crises in life will determine if they are a great opportunity or a great condemnation, a great gift or a great punishment.

Let’s look at four steps, with which we can turn problems into opportunities, punishments in gifts, hardships in blessings.

1. Resist External Voices

Some of the largest and most successful personalities we know have repeatedly confessed that their road was full of thorns. They encountered rejections, obstacles, belittlement… and yet they turned their difficulties and problems into opportunities.

– Albert Einstein started talking when he was 4 years old. His teachers and parents thought he had a problem. He expelled from school and later failed the exams to enter the Swiss Polytechnic Institute in Zurich.
– Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because “he was not having the imagination or good ideas.”
– The Alchemist of Paulo Coelho has sold only 800 copies in the first edition and the publisher decided to withdraw it. Today is the fifth best-selling book of all times with 65 million copies.
– The modeling agents of Marilyn Monroe thought that she had to follow a career as a secretary.
– Beethoven’s teachers thought that he was not susceptible to the violin and that he could never make it as a composer.
– Mahatma Gandhi was afraid to speak in public and during his first case as a lawyer, he left the courtroom.
– The teacher of Elvis Presley in high school told him that he could not sing.
– Michael Jordan was dismissed from the basketball team of the school.
– The novel of J.K. Rowling’s, “Harry Potter”, was rejected by 12 publishers.
– The actor Sidney Poitier was told, during a hearing, to “stop spending the time of people and become scullion or something.” Later in his career won Oscar and became one of the most respected actors.
– Vincent Van Gogh at the beginning only sold one painting for 400 pennies. That didn’t stop him from completing 900 projects, which today are worth millions.
– Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Eventually, he was he who built the electric lamp.

The common element of all these people is that they didn’t give up at the first rejection nor the second nor the third… Discard the fear of rejection and try again. What people say to you is their own truth, not your own.

2. Take responsibility for Your Problems

Things do not happen to you but happen FOR you. Things do not happen by luck but through your effort, you succeed! This is a very difficult but important perspective, that if you keep it, you inevitably will lead to a question: “Why is this happening to me?” And the answer can be no other than one which regards yourself alone. What choice, belief or attitude of your past brings you face to face with the present difficulties?

When you take responsibility for your problems, you authorize yourself to find the solution. As long as you refuse to adopt this attitude, so will you meet, always, problems, difficulties, and hardships, which would authorize others to redeem you -and of course this will never happen. Your problem, your solution!

3. Do Not Stop Moving

The worst thing you can do when you are confronted with difficulties is to be paralyzed by fear and fall into inertia. Unfortunately, this is a trap that many people fall when encountering major problems. However limited you think your potential are, you shouldn’t stop trying for new solutions, asking for help, “downloading” ideas and trying to apply them. If you have followed the first two steps, the more likely you will find a solution.

4. Adapt

Finally, if you have done everything and the situation does not change or is out of your control, then remains the last and perhaps most important step, adaptation. Charles Darwin said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most adaptable to change.” And it is a great truth. Moreover, what we are today is due to the resilience of millions of species before us. So this is the most guaranteed recipe billion years.

If you can’t change the situation, change yourself. Maintain your principles, but change the way you see things. The greatest nonsense we do is that we stick to an old way of perceiving things, which doesn’t serve us anymore.

And of course, one should not be surrender without a fight, but when you feel that you did everything you could to change the situation, then… Just let go. Hermann Hesse said, “No permanence is ours; we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds.” As soon as you decide that you can’t wait for the situation to change and decide to adapt, you will feel a deep relief on the depth of your being.

So, do not let others limit your dreams and goals, take responsibility for the problems and their solutions and try to apply many different solutions. If the situation does not change, then change yourself. This is the “recipe” to turn problems into opportunities!

This article originally appeared at enallaktikidrasi.com. It translated by Visual Meditation.

Procrastination is one of our worst enemies and it can hold us back when it comes to our tasks and goals.

“I have a thousand things to do today, but I cannot seem to get started. I guess I shall do nothing because nothing makes me feel less overwhelmed. After all, tomorrow, I can get started. Yeah, that’s a good idea, tomorrow, I can make a fresh beginning of things, bright and early when I have loads of energy. I’m tired. I think I will take a nap.”

-Me, yesterday

You ever said these things before? I bet you have. In fact, I believe most of us have said similar things when we really didn’t feel like finishing a task, or a couple tasks. Procrastination, it seems, can be one of our worst enemies, if we let it. It can fill us with a false sense of logic that is as toxic as it is lazy.

How do we justify procrastination?

There are many ways we make excuses for procrastinating. For instance, this debilitating state is often seen as a normal feeling or activity. Here are ways we paint positive pictures of the procrastination disease:

  • Procrastination becomes our friend when we feel things only work in perfection. If we don’t have the right office space, the right equipment or the right amount of time, then there is no reason to start the project, right?
  • We are frightened. If we are scared, we simply make up reasons not to approach a daunting situation. Since we are afraid, procrastination is our hero, and it helps us move through the day unscathed.
  • Using procrastination by convincing yourself that more important things should be done is productive avoidance. Maybe the laundry isn’t done or you haven’t rearranged that room like you’ve been meaning to do. Whatever the reason, the most important job seems to be pushed to the background by trivial things. I know, it doesn’t make sense, but I believe we’ve all been guilty at some point.

Okay, now you know why you do this. The point is, however, to find a way to stop. The objective is to beat procrastination, to not make excuses for this monster!

Here are some ways you can do that, so don’t make any more excuses:

1. Most important first

Keep in mind that important tasks have deadlines. You don’t always have to work until the last minute. In fact, this is frowned upon. The best way to get the job done is to jump right in, hash it out and then clean it up, cutting away what you don’t need and keeping what’s important to the task at hand.

2. Rewards

Offer a reward for each time you finish a task. For instance, tell yourself that you can eat a large dessert or yummy treat when you are done. Use rewards that are proportionate to the task so that it makes sense for you. The nicer the reward, the more you will want to finish the work. Also, make sure you are going to do quality work only, or else refuse to reward yourself. This is only fair, to you and to your clients, family etc.

3. Step by step

If it helps, break the task down into segments. Do a bit of work, take a walk, do a little more and take a nap -as long as you continue at a normal pace, it’s fine. Doing small bits at a time is better than never getting started. It’s the compromising with self that makes this work.

4. Environment adjustment

One reason why we procrastinate is because of the distractions -a pet may want to go out, a child may be hungry and even social sites may call us to waste time. The best way to eliminate hindrances is to change the environment. First off, designate a room for an office, regulate hours, set boundaries and then, STAY OFF FACEBOOK! Sometimes it’s best to remove social sites from your favorites so you won’t be tempted to have a look.

5. Calendars, planners, and lists

Another way to stay on track and avoid the procrastination demon is to take advantage of calendars, planners, and lists. If you document your deadlines and meetings, you won’t forget and you will stay motivated. Make sure you keep dates, hours and locations, including networking sites and email addresses. Don’t forget to keep your favorites updated as well.

6. Be inspired

Also, a great way to stop procrastination is to be inspired by other people, especially successful individuals. Read newsletters and blog posts which share ways to be more productive. Make friends with those who are successful in your line of work. If you continue to be inspired, you will always want to make improvements, which includes eliminating procrastination.

So, before you make excuses, ask yourself one question. “Will I say the same thing tomorrow?”

If you said it today, you will say it again, and again…and again. Stop the pattern of failure and procrastination by utilizing your productive tools. Share with a friend and help others be more productive as well. Together we will make beautiful progress!

Also, the video “Stop Procrastination” can help you train your mind to beat procrastination. Watch it here.

Successful people, especially those who are highly and financially successful, share some common traits.

What does success mean to you? To some people, success means acquiring vast amounts of riches, property, and associates. Yet, to others, success may have a completely different meaning. But despite the differences, there are common threads, filaments which weave through every highly accomplished and satisfied individual. These common threads are easy to distinguish from the others. They are by far, no average joes.

Common Threads

Traits of a highly successful person can mean effective financial decisions, saving tendencies and networking styles. This creates a rather large set of characteristics on which to base the successful individual. For the sake of keeping your attention, I will focus on the most important traits of go-getter!

Sacrifices

First, highly successful people make sacrifices. Before wealth ensues, they make decisions to drive used cars, own smaller homes and refrain from extravagant gifts for themselves. They see wealth as a future endeavor which can only be reached by making humble steps in the present. It just makes sense really.

Entrepreneurs

Those who have wealth are always on the lookout for more. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have their eye on the next get rich quick scheme, it could simply mean an extra $500 a month. This is the mark of a true entrepreneur, those who always look for a new opportunity to build their own empire -It may be slow, but stable.

Watch: Be a Successful Entrepreneur

Fearless

Highly successful people are not afraid to make difficult decisions. They are aware that dreams reside on the other side of obstacles, and with the right amount of hard work, anything is possible. They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, so to speak, and fearless when it comes to risks.

Networking and association

Those who do well in life generally know how to network. Making connections with other like-minded individuals or businesses not only keep entrepreneurs focused but also continually offer new opportunities to grow wealth. Successful people always network, every chance they get. Aside from business networking, they also socialize with other successful people.

Leaders

What do all successful individuals have in common? You guessed it, they are most always leaders. Those who find wealth and prosperity in life don’t follow others to do so, it’s all about pushing ahead toward self-set goals. Leaders also notice much larger returns on their investments.

Focus

Keeping focused on priorities is one reason why people are successful. When taking one step at a time, and completing projects, rewards come easier for motivated people. As a matter of fact, when you utilize motivation with focus, this is a sure recipe for profit. A successful man is focused on the end game while working through the small details.

Success means different things to different people, but living a life devoted to your goals will help you establish rules to prosperity, the wealthy man has shown us this by example. There are many things which characterize highly successful people, but these traits will always send you in the right direction, toward fulfilling your dreams.

Utilize these tips to become a highly successful person.

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Have you ever wondered why you can’t change your life?

Do you begin to make a positive change and then slip back into old habits? Read on to find out why…

Before we discuss the main subject, let’s talk about the function of your subconscious mind for a minute. Its purpose is to create mental programs and habits which allow your mind to run on autopilot. From basic programs like breathing, all the way up to how we speak, how we stand, even how we eat. And for your subconscious, the more programs it has the better. If there is a program for a certain situation that is stored in your mind, your subconscious feels safe. It has experienced that thing before and knows the parameters and how it should act in that situation.

Your Subconscious Doesn’t Like Change

Because of this, the subconscious mind abhors change. All change is viewed as uncharted territory and therefore dangerous. And it will do everything in its power to stop this change from manifesting in your life, purely out of fear and self-preservation.

Have you ever been so anxious about trying something new that you were shaking at the thought of it? If you have, yet still pushed yourself to do this thing, you will remember the absolute relief that comes over you after you’ve done it for the first time. That terror is the subconscious trying to hold you back, trying to keep you from progressing, without realizing it. Yet as soon as you have completed something new, just once, the subconscious has a program it can draw upon and most of the anxiety will have dissipated at this point.

How to Make your Subconscious Stop Holding you Back

Now the ‘new thing’ that you are trying to achieve may be an emotional or non-physical state. Such as happiness, health or success. Even so, your subconscious will still treat it as uncharted territory and therefore dangerous. The key to getting past this is to simply push on, hard though it may be. Keep going, keep trying, keep succeeding and you will shock your subconscious into creating a new mental image of itself. A mental image that is successful, intelligent and progressing in life. Every success you have along the way will help the subconscious in believing you are a successful person.

Allow me to explain. Picture a set of scales in your mind. Every time you push through the barrier and achieve what you set out to achieve, whether big or small, one ‘success coin’ is placed on the right side of the scale. The more you achieve, the more coins you collect and the easier it is to push the scale in your direction, until the scales literally tip to your advantage and success becomes the default mental program for you.

After this happens, you won’t have to work as hard to achieve your goals and as soon as you’ve set your mind on something, it’s almost guaranteed to manifest for you. The most impressive change I have experienced with this ‘tipping of the scales’ is how much confidence you will suddenly have. Nothing seems insurmountable anymore, your perspective will completely change and you will actually welcome challenges due to the fact that you know you can achieve them and achieving things feel good.

Watch: Remove Subconscious Blockages

Below are some suggestions which will help you in manifesting this change:

  • Always keep a positive mental attitude -If something goes wrong, change your plan, not your goal and try not to be frustrated or disheartened by the little things.
  • Always keep your end goal in mind -Repeat it to yourself throughout the day, remind yourself why you are working so hard.
  • Always push yourself to try new things -Repetition and experience is how the subconscious learns. Try new things, succeed at them and move on to the next step.

So keep your head up high, keep pushing on, keep working towards your dreams. For once you have achieved one, like a domino effect, you will naturally achieve the rest. Take back control of your mind. Change your life!

How can you develop a mindset of abundance?

There is enough for everyone in this world. The future is as bright as we want it to be. Things can seem to be bad when we focus on poverty, hunger, overconsumption and overpopulation. Being in a mindset of scarcity, of only saving money, of holding on to resources, believing that there is all kinds of lack, will attract more lack. Bring change by shifting your focus, by changing your paradigm, by having a mindset of abundance instead of scarcity.

Mindset of Abundance vs Mindset of Scarcity

Sure you have felt abundant in your lifetime. The feeling that good things seem to just come to you and happen for you is accompanying a mindset of abundance. Maybe it was a period where you were giving a lot, and noticed that you did not lack anything yourself. Perhaps you went on a winning streak in poker. Or a friend of yours attracts women effortlessly? All of these are a result of an abundant state of being. If you can feel that you have something, you will attract more of it.

A mindset of scarcity is the opposite. Life will confirm to you the scarcity you are expecting to see. By thinking that you cannot, you cannot. Your experience is a projection of your perspective. By focusing on all the things you can’t do e.g. due to not having enough money, not enough time, not enough skills, a lack of physical ability and so on you will spiral downward. Turn this around before you get into the downward spiral.

You can. Abundance is everywhere.

Commercials and media can help create a belief that we need more, we need to do more and become more. That we don’t already have enough. If we could just get that thing or do that thing that we saw someone have or do, we would be a little bit better. Relax and don’t engage in this chase. Just be. Content. Abundant. Naturally.

Our Civilization

Whether we know about every crime, every war, every corrupt person or group or have been raised without any news at all, we still have the same potential for creating a new earth. By being happy. By following our hearts. By knowing abundance. There are a lot of positive and magnificent feats the human race have managed to accomplish.

Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler wrote the book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. It was published in 2012 and debuted at #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. The book envisions a future where 9 billion people have access to clean water, food, energy, health care, education, and everything else that is necessary for a first world standard of living, all thanks to technological innovation. The book is a great example of one of the infinite ways in which abundance can play out.

The book has some really good points and is recommended for anyone looking for a positive perspective on how we humans can use science and technology to create a new earth. Technologies in computing, energy and medicine are improving at an exponential rate and allow independent innovators to achieve what today seems like impossible feats with little money or manpower.

How to Shift into Abundance

Knowing that you are abundant and that life is abundance is a great paradigm to be in. There are many ways you can shift your mindset into one of abundance. Here are some:

Get in the Mindset of “I Can”

Find a way in your mind to see that you can do everything, or at least that you could if you really wanted to. Get creative and see that you are able to think of ways in which you could do whatever it might be.

Think of Everything You Could Buy with Your Money

If you have a certain amount of money, i.e. 1000$, think of all the things you are able to afford with those 1000$. Two weeks on vacation? You could probably afford that. What else? Go skydiving a couple of times, buy a really good bike, etc.

Think in terms of using 1000$ for each of the things you want, like you have an unlimited number of that amount. By doing this you get into an abundant mindset without actually spending anything.

Be Grateful

By taking a few minutes to contemplate what you are most grateful for you get into a positive state where you focus on appreciating what you already have. By putting gratitude out into the universe, you will attract even more positivity into your life.

Give

Help out someone who is in greater need than you. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, or donate to charity. You can also give to someone that has more than you or a friend of yours. Give compliments, or smiles! Free hugs!

I share this information with you, abundant with tips on how to realize you are abundant, from my abundant creative mind. I also used the abundant resource “the internet”, and as knowledge and books are abundant I got inspired by one of those as well. Inspiration is really abundant. I hope this sparked some feelings of abundance in you!

H/T: Global Harmony Crew