I’ve been journaling for what feels like forever and sometimes it seems more like a chore – not all days are filled that require to solve your problems.

But it does help fuel the optimism – like always finding the brights side of things, choosing our attitude to be about anything is overcomeable (just made that up) but it comes with years and years of facing challenges and adversity and trying to overcome them to the best of my ability at each given moment.

Here’s the thing though that a journal has helped me developed over the years:

  1. I learned to control my feelings by separating negative feelings from positive thoughts. This is an important step to help you solve your problems. Only after you have cleared your mind with unnecessary thoughts can you start solving your problems accordingly.
  2. As I write in my journal, I treat each problem as challenge and opportunity for self-improvement. Stating clearly what it is I am facing, what can I learn from this and how will I move through it.
  3. The shadow side of things had been hiding for some time which made it easy to blame other people for the shitty life I was experiencing. Journaling guides you to taking responsibility for your own mistakes. A to be a human where perfectionism doesn’t exist.
  4. Using a pen and paper, and rating the depth of the problem can also give you possible answers to your problem. Probability law principle will allow you to evaluate how far you have thought of resolving your problems.
  5. Keeping a journal is really having a best friend who is there always no matter what that you can share your grievances with because not everything needs to be shared with a human.

The above tips will help you optimize those positive feelings of yours. Say you are already consumed by some problems. Here are the 7 steps in doing your problem solving:

  1. Identify the problem with clear and concise words
  2. Brainstorm ideas on what you could do to solve the problem
  3. Select one that you will give a go for 1-2 weeks
  4. Assess the results after a time period and if it didn’t solve the problem go to step #5
  5. Substitute another idea to try out for 1-2 weeks
  6. Utilize other resources that could support you in solving the problem – talking to someone is’t the end of the world
  7. Accept that the problem may not be solvable now. Sometimes we encounter problems that don’t have a solution in that moment or ever.

Consider that everybody experiences lowliness many times, but problems are problems. They are there not to annoy you; but problems are created when you cannot accept your limitations. Once you accept your limitations, problem solving can be a simple process, hassle-free, and a life-sharpening experience indeed.

This isn’t the time to lock yourself in a room and vow to never leave again. Rather it’s a great time to reflect how big the battle is for this particular problem, what it matters in the scheme of your world and be willing to accept that it’s just not something you can do anything about it now.

Sometimes problems have a weird way of going away on their own and before long you’re shaking your head about how stressed out you were about it.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

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Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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