In flying, the
word "attitude" refers to the angle of flight of your approach
relative to the horizon. The way you think about a problem
determines your attitude, or approach, as well. You can use
three words to change your attitude and your approach to any
difficulty you face.
First of all,
change the word "problem" to the word "situation." Whereas
"problem" is a negative word that triggers feelings of fear and
anxiety, "situation" is neutral. Instead of saying, "We have
a problem," you can say, "We have a situation."
preference is to change the word "problem" to the word
"challenge." Whenever something goes wrong, immediately say,
"We have an interesting challenge facing us today." "Challenge"
is a positive word. When you think of a challenge, you think of
something that you rise to, something that brings out the best in
you and others. Challenges are what make life exciting and worth
living. By rising to the challenges of day-to-day life, you
fulfill more and more of your potential.
best word of all is "opportunity." Instead of saying, "We have
a problem," you can say, "We have an unexpected
opportunity." Napoleon Hill is famous for saying, "Every
problem or difficulty you face contains the seed of an equal or
greater advantage or benefit." Your job is to find the benefit,
and this way of approaching a problem is determined by your
of looking for the good in every situation, of looking for the
advantage or benefit in any problem or difficulty, is the way that
the most successful people think most of the time. Superior
people, leaders in all areas, face the inevitable ups and downs of
daily life on the way to their destinations by taking complete
control of their thinking and their emotions. They do this by
choosing the words they use to describe a situation, their tone of
voice, and their behavior in dealing with problems.
A mark of
maturity, a vital quality on the road to success, happiness, and
balance in life, is expecting problems and difficulties as
normal, natural, and unavoidable parts of life. Becoming a
superior person requires accepting that when you set off toward a
big, exciting goal or destination, you will experience unexpected
excerpted from Brian Tracy's "Laws of Business
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