Problem talk is something that we all do. Some of us do it more than others. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the problem talk and completely forget that there is usually a solution. We are the ones who usually have the solution inside ourselves, if only we spent some time thinking about solutions, and not wasting our time by complaining. Sound familiar? I’m guilty of it and almost everyone I know is guilty of it, also.
While complaining about a problem has its place; there is a lot to be said for venting, after all, frustration is a valid emotion, problem talk is not a solution. It’s just not going to get the problem solved. And, at the end of the day isn’t that what we really want? To get the problem solved.
Here are some questions to ask yourself the next time you find yourself caught up in the never-ending problem talk. Is there something you can do to change this situation? Can you think of a way to take your focus off this situation and put it into something that is beneficial to you? I’ve found over the years that when I focus on what I can do to change my reactions or focus, I can manage problems that have no solution much better.
As a simple example of this, when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I immediately thought that there was no solution and nothing that I could do. I wallowed in my depression for about two weeks, and then I got on the internet and found things that I could do. Since I’m not a person who likes to take pharmaceuticals I found natural ways of dealing with the pain and managing my problem. So, yes, I’m aware that not all problems can be “solved”, however, there is usually something that can do done to help deal with a problem (besides problem-talk). Let me know what it is that you do to either solve a problem, or to deal with it in a more positive manner.