We are all going to suffer at times from all sorts of problems and difficulties but it is essential to never let your problems knock you down.
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. Henry Ford
In today’s post I want to talk about making the best out of your situation. As some of you may have read the last month or so my mum’s been fighting for her life in hospital. This has meant that every single day I’ve had to travel up and down the motorway. It’s about an hour’s journey each way, so that’s two hours of my time spent driving while of course even more time has been spent sitting at the bedside of my mother.
This has resulted in me being able to spend very little time either in my home office working or sitting relaxing in one of my favourite coffee shops with my laptop losing myself in creative flow producing blog posts.
As a blogger and somebody that runs an online business this could have meant that my business stalled because I was prevented from keeping up with my obligations. Of course I couldn’t allow that to happen, but neither could I not come and see my mother. Any son would do what I am, we know in a time of need a family must pull together, be there for one another, be close to the one who is suffering. So taking myself away from the business at this time and being at the bedside of my mother is the right thing to do.
But of course I couldn’t forget about my business. Instead of me fighting for a few minutes grabbing the chance to type away at my keyboard, I came out with a far better solution, and that’s the way things can be. You don’t have to let your problems get the better of you, you can look at what ever problem you face and determine yourself a solution. This article has been created during my journey to the hospital. I have my smart phone and pulled over to the side of the road when an idea came to my mind and used the voice recorder to get it down. I’ve always found that my best ideas always come to me while driving. Too often I have amazing ideas while on a journey but by the time I get to my destination they are completely forgotten.
What a great solution this has turned out to be. During these three weeks that I’ve been pretty much at the hospital, or driving backwards and forwards, I’ve recorded about 20 blog posts. As soon as an idea pops into my head, I look for somewhere safe to stop, grab my phone and press the record button. Then all I have to do is use my voice to text software to get it into words to post on my blog. Alternatively I could be using them for podcasts.
I believe this enhances what I will be sharing. All my thoughts recorded and published. What a wonderful solution.
Just like a few months back when I moved into my new house. There was no Internet connection, no broadband, no wireless, no access to the Internet for me to run my online business. My mobile phone didn’t have any reception. So I couldn’t receive or make any phone calls, I couldn’t get online. Not a good situation for an onliner.
Well I’d wanted a Galaxy S4 for a while so I went out and got one having found out which provider had the best coverage in the area. We also arranged for our Internet providers to setup our broadband but it would take 7 days to do. Instead of letting this hold us back we had administrative work that we’d ignored for so long and the brainstorming sessions that had allowed us to catapult our business so quickly had become a thing of the past.
So me and my business partner made a decision not to worry about our Internet problem instead we would use that time to get the paperwork done that was needed and it was agreed that we’d also spend time talking together, masterminding, working out where we are and where we want to go.
We really ended up making such a fantastic use of that time despite the fact that when we first walked in we were dismayed that we couldn’t get online. If we’d panicked we wouldn’t have made the progress we already have.
The lesson here is to never let your problems knock you down. Instead look at your situation and determine different ways that you can resolve your problem. I promise you there are always answers.
How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself – so always think positively. Norman Vincent Peale