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You know the importance of applying discipline and effort to overcome any problem that stands in your way. But some problems call for more than steely determination—they require you to step back and apply some mental power. We are faced with too many problems throughout our life; These problems can come in the form uncooperative in-laws, financial struggles, health concerns, and a plethora of other day-to-day problems that put a strain on our relationships, as well as on us.

Many people see their problems as unwelcome aspects of their lives. Problems are like an uninvited stranger coming into our home and settling down on the couch. We just feel uncomfortable in their presence. In fact, we just wish that they would leave us alone, but the reality is that they will continue to linger around your place until you figure out a way to get them back out the front or back door.For most people, this is a very uncomfortable process having this stranger in their home. What makes things worse is that this stranger is consistently getting in their way. They want to go to the bathroom and there's the stranger taking a shower. They want to go to bed, and the stranger is already sleeping on their pillow. This person is just so infuriating and they want nothing more than for them to leave. However, the stranger (as with many of our problems) tends to linger around until the moment we decide that "enough is enough". The truth is that problems are an essential part of the human experience.

In fact, having problems and learning how to solve them successfully are the keys to long-term happiness and fulfilment. Problems have of course been around since the dawn of time. Think back to the caveman doodling on the walls. They certainly had problems. In fact, our problems today seem pale in comparison when we think about all the wild and dangerous animals that threatened their lives each and every day. Our problems today are a little more mellow and certainly less life-threatening, but many people do still make them out to be larger than life. But what are problems really? Well, problems are nothing more than decisions that need to be made. Mind you, they might not be simple decisions, and you may very well need to make a chain of decisions to get your desired outcome, but nevertheless, they are still nothing more than decisions. Making effective decisions, of course, can take some research, support and other resources. It may even require that you become a little more resourceful in certain situations in order to reach the right decision moving forward. However, it still doesn't change the fact that solving problems requires nothing more than making a set of effective decisions leading to a solution to the problem you are facing.

One logical way to problem solve is to seek support. While it is logical to seek advice, don't forget that the final decision is still yours to make.It is typically easier to advise others how to react in a particular problematic situation than to confront that same or similar situation ourselves. This is a main reason individuals seek solutions by consulting others for outside opinions.