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Problems vs possibilities: How to set your mindset to success

- January 26, 2023 3 MIN READ


Are you a problem finder or a possibility seeker? When it comes to achieving your goals and building a truly resilient business that can withstand the inevitable challenges that will arise, the key is in your mindset, writes business educator and founder of Access Consciousness, Gary Douglas.

There is a quote in the movie Tomorrowland which says: “There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is: which wolf wins? The one you feed.

The same can be said of problems and possibilities.

There is a greater possibility available for you, for your business, and for the future. When we choose to function from possibilities rather than focusing on problems, possibilities win, and together we create something greater that benefits us all.

How to turn problems into possibilities

Street or road sign with the words 'problems' and 'possibilities'

Whether you are currently a problem finder who would like to be a possibility seeker, or a possibility seeker who would like to ask for even more possibilities to show up, these are my top three tips for you:

1. Asking questions is key

When challenges present themselves, it can be easy to view the challenge as a problem to be solved and begin to search for the answer. It is what most of us have been taught as the appropriate way. However, answers stop forward movement. Answers are final; answers are conclusions. When we have an answer, our brain stops looking for anything new and only allows the information which supports our conclusion to come in.

Questions, on the other hand, open the door to the exploration of what else is possible. The more you live in question, the more you create possibilities for you and for others. A couple of great questions to ask when you encounter a difficulty or a victory are:

  • “What else is possible that I have not considered?” and
  • “How does it get any better than this?”

Ask these questions and you begin to see possibilities that you previously did not know existed.

2. Let go of the fight and choose

If you are a problem finder, you will live your life in fight mode. You find the problem, you resist and react to what is occurring, you fight to change things and to find the solution.

Have you ever noticed that it doesn’t actually work? That’s because when you go into resistance and react to something, you take yourself out of the ability to create a different possibility and to change what’s going on.

Would you rather fight to be right? Or would you rather be free? What possibilities would be available if you gave up the fight?

If you find yourself stuck in problem mode, ask:

  • “What is right about this that I am not getting?” and
  • “If this was not a problem to be solved, what would the possibilities be?”

3. Create what you desire. Don’t look for solutions

Whatever it is that you would like to be different in your life, look for the creation, not the solution. If you look for solutions, you’re always going to have a problem. Looking for the creation is simply clarifying what it is you desire.

Start by making a list of eight to ten things that you would like to have as your life and your future. Look at that list and perceive what your life would be like when you are living that list. Now, pull those things in. How? It’s not really a ‘how’; it is a question. “What will it take for this to show up?” When you ask, possibilities will ‘ping’ you. Follow those pings. The universe knows how to get your attention and if you follow the pings, things will show up in the strangest of ways. The world wants to give you everything you desire and it all starts with an ask.

What if everything in your life was about the possibility and nothing was about the problem? How different would the world be? How different would you be? When you start to function from this place of possibilities, always asking, “What else is possible?”, you begin to see that rather than being at the mercy of what is going on around you, you actually have choice and every choice you make creates more possibilities.

Ask questions. Choose. Explore the possibilities. Repeat!

Live your life this way and discover a whole new world open up; one that is far greater than you could ever imagine.

This article was first published on Flying Solo, read the original here

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