Up here in the mountains I feel small and so my problems seem even smaller. Back in the city, I feel big and the same problems seem bigger. The Helicopter view is the best view for problem solving…Chris Walker
Panic attacks, stress, anxiety, depression and many more mental health issues are sourced in a common breeding ground of mindset. The breeding ground is “feeling small with big problems.”
This smallness with big problems breeds a “wannabe” attitude. Always wishing to be someone or somewhere else. Commonly referred to a loser mindset, this viewpoint of life is the “black hole” of human existence and turns small problems into big ones. Hence, it may be wise to add the problem solving checklist from Innerwealth to your problem solving process.
Innerwealth Problem Solving Checklist from Nature
- Are you bigger than the problem or is the problem bigger than you? An ant cannot solve the problem of the tree and feels powerless in trying to do so. Sometimes, accidentally, we expand the dimensions of a problem or shrink to a powerless default when faced with an emotional, mental or physical problem. Nature’s Default: Think Big – Act Small. (act means small actions)
- Are you projecting or injecting. Angry, bitter, mean, violent, abusive, cruel people are often invested in “world peace” instead of inner peace. In Nature, the tree, the animal must be itself, strong a robust and from this, allow the seeds to spread change. Sometimes we want to save the animals, and yet we treat ourselves like door mats, sometimes we fight for environmental sustainability but our inner environment is a toilet. First, we must GOST. (get our shit together), before we HOST (help others (get their) shit together).
- Are you looking for three solutions. There’s always the status quo, (order) there’s then the low hanging fruit (solution to chaos) and then there is answer number three – evolve. Nature does all three, but always order – chaos – evolve… three steps, never two. Look for option three instead of the human emotional response of all or nothing. Avoid “always and never” or “got to and have too.”
- Be integrated. Nature is rarely functioning in isolation to the broader picture. The butterfly effect proves that even the tiny flap of a butterfly wing in Adelaide, Australia will impact the chase for a Brexit Solution in the UK. A part of thinking big is to link problems to purpose. Sometimes the problem is a guide post to a better way to operate in all the seven areas of life, and vision.
- Seek balance in all things. Sometimes, actually most often, we overshoot the mid point in solving problems and thereby create new problems. Sometimes nature does the same when, through the natural course of things, evolution did not occur and a revolution is needed. A tsunami, an earth quake, a bush fire, volcanic eruptions, massive storms and evidence of hesitation and stall in evolution on the part of nature and massive adjustments take place in short periods of time. It is this area of personal growth alone that needs to investment of a life coach. To trigger evolution when we are in a state of stall. (mental, emotional, physical, relationship and spiritual challenges that are having a resistance to change over an extended time (1 week).
Good Problem Solving Skills are Essential Skills for Living on Purpose.
To be brave for what you love can often feel like a paradox. You need to actually stand strong for something unapologetically. That’s the bold courage that any type of real love requires. But it also makes your heart all soft and squishy and sensitive because that’s what it takes to keep on caring. Such an interesting balance needed to pursue any passion- not always easy but definitely worth it.
Pattanjali On Purpose
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
When the mind is too strong, over exercised from too much work and intellectual examination of work and life, we lose all sense of the humanity we call “the heart.” Once this “heart” is lost we become machines, and problems expand to fill the space once filled with the heart. Goodness can be replaced by greed and fear, emotions occupy the vacuum. Nature abhors a vacuum. The only way our mind becomes so dominant is that we forget the body and the heart. This is the antidote for “up in our head” thinking. If the body becomes over exercised it also sucks blood from the mind and heart and creates an imbalanced person. This is also a machine definition. An over exercised mind, an over exercised body can lead to a tug of war between defining ourselves by what we think and defining ourselves by what we feel. This is imbalance and the heart in this situation cannot mediate. The more we separate ourselves from nature, the earth, and understanding her, the more we polarise and leave the heart as a vacuum. This is a problem because in the heart there are visions, pathways, dreams, ideas, creating, enjoyment, self-awareness. With these things gone, so too is the sense of awe that sustains us. The heart is not a place of residence for life but is the mediator and leader for our ability to live our life, alive.