We humans are problem-solving systems. We thrive when we can solve our own problems. We suffer when we don't solve them. A good part of problem-solving involves how you see yourself and your world. Yes, there are problems (like preventing death, paying down the national debt, etc.) that are beyond solving. But even these can be tackled by looking at and resetting expectations. Solving the more garden-variety problems (most of them) can be given a big help by understanding and applying the 10 principles below.

The List:

10 - Problem-solvers get a good fix on reality. They do not spend a lot of time in dreamland, wondering about what coulda been or woulda been if things were different. They're not different - problem-solvers know this and act accordingly.

#9 - Problem-solvers do not gripe and do not make trouble for others.

#8 - Problem-solvers are self-starters. They do not wait for someone else to point out that there is something wrong. And they don't wait for someone else to tell them how to fix it.

#7 - Problem-solvers do not keep lists of grievances. Problem- solvers may keep a few objective examples of a problem to use as evidence when problem-solving discussions arise.

#6 - Problem-solvers engage their imaginations to come up with new solutions that they can try out, and they have the guts to go forward as they test their solutions.

#5 - Problem-solvers do not look to others for assurances that cannot be delivered. They know who does and does not make decisions, and try to work with those who do.

#4 - Problem-solvers are nimble-minded, tough-love optimists who work tenaciously to solve the problems facing them.

#3 - Problem-solvers are capable of allying themselves with others so that if a problem goes beyond their personal abilities, they can make use of the talents of others.

#2 - Problem-solvers effectively juggle their entire load of problems so that they all get resolved.

And the number one attribute of Problem-solvers:

#1 - Problem-solvers go the extra mile to solve problems and to help others solve their problems. They value win-win solutions whenever they are possible.

Take a new look at how you face your problems. Commit yourself to aligning yourself with these principles, and most of your problems will vanish or at least become more manageable. And as you solve your problems, you will find yourself looking for the next challenge.

Enjoy it!

Author's Bio: 

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