One thing that I’ve learned in life is to not ask for fewer problems. Life is too dynamic, the universe too unstable for us as humans not to experience problems. No, problems will come. Everyday. I will no doubt encounter some obstacle that I have to overcome to reach an outcome. So, I’ve learned to not ask for fewer problems–to do so is pointless. I do, however, ask that I experience newer problems. You see, I hate old problems. They frustrate me to no end. They show me that I haven’t grown as a person, or that I just have not cared enough or put enough effort in to getting the old problem solved. Old problems stop me from fulfilling my potential, my greatest fear.
New problems, on the other hand, show me that I am in fact growing. I love new challenges, new obstacles waiting for me to overcome. I want new problems every single day and I believe you should as well. You may be thinking that you want a life free from problems. One doesn’t exist. In fact, as you grow and as you take on more responsibilities in your life, you will encounter even more problems. That’s the formula: the more you grow, the more problems you will face. Just ask that they be NEW problems, not the same old ones. That’s the true measure of growth. As an exercise (and just for fun) I’ve listed many old problems below and then what a new problem would be instead. You see, they are both problems, but which ones would you rather face?
Old problem: sales or income are flat. New Problem: the cash register is overflowing.
Old: My car won’t start and it’s filthy. New Problem: I can’t decide which car to buy.
Old Problem: I can’t keep a relationship. New Problem: Everyone wants to date me.
Old Problem: My strength is lacking. New Problem: It takes too long to re-rack all the weight plates after my sets.
Old Problem: There’s dirt all over my room. New Problem: It smells so clean I can’t stand it.
Old Problem: I don’t communicate well. New Problem: People won’t stop talking to me.
Old Problem: I can’t lose fat. New Problem: I have to spend hundreds for new, smaller clothes.
Don’t ask for fewer problems into your life. Ask for newer ones.