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No problem!

india Updated: Jan 12, 2010 00:18 IST
P.P.Wangchuk
P.P.Wangchuk
Hindustan Times
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“I am grateful for all my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.”

That is J.C. Penny, US tycoon, who overcame many problems in many of his businesses, telling us not to be cowed down by problems but to face them head on. Norman Vincent Peale, author of Power of Positive Thinking, has it in more telling words, “Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles; they toughen and make you strong.”

One has to take up problems as a challenge, and should vow to overcome them within a time frame.

A time frame commitment is important because otherwise one would tend to avoid tackling the problem.

That is why Henry Ford said that for one who takes up problems as a challenge, “there are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.” And those are all within your routine problems, easy to tackle without much botheration.

Theodore Rubin, author and psychiatrist, says that problem is not that there are problems. The problem is thinking that having problem is a problem.

In other words, he too wants us to believe that a problem can be turned into a “no-problem” when one has the right attitude and strong will to surmount it.

One needs to be cool headed and clear of one's task.

At times, a problem gets settled much before you try to tackle it. You have to “talk it out” with your friends and family members. Didn’t John Davy Hayward say that a problem well stated is a problem half-solved.

No wonder, all great and successful people would tell you that problems, if not tackled, will tackle you down. One would do well to remember what Albert Einstein said, “It is not that I am smart, it is that I stay with the problem longer.”

One must be a firm believer that one can tackle one’s problems, only then one’s problems will disappear. After all, all achievers have been great believers in their own innate ability to do the impossible possible.

Say ‘I can, I will.’