Solve Problems Using A Word ListWritten by Steve Gillman
To creatively solve problems you need to get your mind looking in new directions. You can systematically do this by using a list of words, primarily adjectives, to create "what if?" scenarios. You start with question, "what if it was..." and then insert a word from list. The "it" in question is problem you're trying to solve, or solution or situation that exists now.
Using "What If" To Solve Problems
An example will help explain process. Assume your house is too crowded because you're running your business from it. You ask, "What if it was..." and insert from word list, "smaller." The house is already too small, but could business be smaller? The word "divided" might give you idea to keep business in just one part of house.
Most words on list won't help, so you can go through irrelevant ones quickly. Don't automatically dismiss them, though, without a few seconds consideration. "What if it was hopeless?" may seem like a useless question, or it may make you realize that you just can't keep business in house any longer.
Finding The Answers In Managing Your Fears, Anxieties, And StressesWritten by Stan Popovich
As an author of an anxiety book, I have dealt with fear and anxiety for over fifteen years. At times, my fears had best of me, however I never gave up and I was always determined to find answers to my problems. Let me explain to you process of how I found those answers.
I first went to my local bookstore to find those books that dealt with fear and anxiety. I looked for those books that reviewed techniques in how to manage certain fears and anxieties. As I read these books, I started a notebook and every time I found a technique that was useful in managing my fears, I would write it down in my small notebook.
Secondly, I interviewed various professionals in psychology and religious fields and they provided me with additional information. Some of techniques that they talked about were learning how to use positive self talk, using thought stopping techniques, and gathering facts of a fearful situation.
For instance, a person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear provoking thought. The stop sign is a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. This technique is good in dealing with obsessive and scary thoughts. I also learned that it is important to get all of facts of a situation that gets us all upset. Gathering facts can prevent us from relying on exaggerated and fearful assumptions.