There’s a common saying: “Out of sight, out of mind.” But does this apply when it comes to dealing with life’s challenges? Absolutely not. Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The truth is, the easiest way to escape from a problem is to solve it, or at least manage it.
Why We Run Away from Problems
It’s human nature to avoid discomfort unless you are just weird and take the road less travelled like me. Whether it’s a difficult conversation, a complicated task, or a financial setback, our first instinct is often to sidestep the issue. However, this approach rarely solves the problem. Instead, it merely postpones the inevitable confrontation with reality. I learnt this the hard way.
The Price of Procrastination
When you ignore a problem or put it off, it doesn’t just disappear. Instead, it often grows, taking up more space in your mind and life, even if you’re not consciously thinking about it. The anxiety and stress of unresolved issues can even impact your health and relationships.
The Power of Problem-Solving
Solving a problem may not always be easy, but it’s the most effective way to truly escape it. When you face a challenge head-on, you take control of the situation. You’re no longer a victim of circumstances but an active participant in crafting your own destiny.
How to Approach Problem-Solving
First, acknowledge the problem. It may sound simple, but many of us live in denial when faced with a difficult situation. Next, take some time to understand the problem fully. What caused it? What will happen if it isn’t resolved? What are your possible solutions? Finally, take action. Make a plan, break it down into manageable steps, and start working towards the solution. Remember, even the smallest step is progress.
Conclusion: Embrace the Journey
Remember, running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. It might seem daunting at first, but the relief and sense of accomplishment that comes with resolving a problem far outweigh the temporary discomfort. So, the next time you’re faced with a problem, don’t run—embrace the challenge, find the solution, and grow from the experience.