During the course of life, it wouldn’t be surprising to find yourself in the middle of situations you consider too hard to deal with. We consider not to confront problems and escape facing them.
These circumstances can be sudden and unpredicted or probably something you were aware of since the beginning.
Be it family, studies or job, friends, other commitments or responsibilities, we’re bound to be put in a loop of expectations. And this, at times, becomes even more pressurising.
Here is when the relevance of taking the right decisions comes in, an art we all are trying to master.
It can be for an opportunity you’ve come across and need direction for, or a difficulty or complication you’re trying to find a solution for. Anyway, know that you’re not alone.
We’ve all been there, and as difficult as it may seem, it’s just a matter of understanding and prioritizing. Always think beyond giving up.
Understand yourself, the context, the consequences. Once you have that clear, it’s easier to make a decision. Maybe it won’t be the best one, but that’s the beauty of making mistakes: you learn from them!
This is a space to help you.
Let’s step into how to confront a bothering problem, one thing at a time:
1. Know your situation well
Having complete knowledge about what’s bothering you should be a priority to improve understanding and reduce the complexity of the situation.
It can be done by asking self-reflection questions and introspecting in the right manner.
You may also try sitting down to journal or do a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.
Understand that you hold all the answers within, you just need to seek them.
2. Be bold enough to try
Gaining a clarity on your problem can settle in most of the issue since you know the topic.
Every individual has their own way of thinking, which can make them have a unique perspective on things that matter to them. Despite the generalisation of the situation, they know that their instincts are calling out for something to act upon.
It’s here when most people fall out, by not taking a challenge and remaining too cosy in the comfort zone.
Trust your instincts and take the bold move. You never know how strong you may become, when you may inspire someone or build a movement.
3. Consider the consequence of not acting
The best manner to approach a difficulty is to use your skills to deal with it.
During the time of introspection, you already came across what works best for you. Now use your willpower and imagination to keep up with the motivation and manage stress.
Having strength is not an option, it’s a necessity to confront problems.
Not acting upon a problem can make you stay stuck in it till the consequences hit hard from the back. This can only worsen the situation and make it even harder to work upon.
So don’t stall it! Taking a decision to do something about it can guide you to resolve it.
Now, let’s understand some strategies to take big decisions for these problems:
“You’re never going to be 100% ready and it’s never going to be just the right time, but that’s the point. It means that every moment is also the right moment. If you want it, you just have to do it.
4. Explore -Exploit trade-off
While making a settlement, we’re usually left with a number of options to choose from.
Be it deciding to pursue higher studies, go in for a job, or something as basic as choosing which topic to study first for the upcoming exam.
It’s advisable that you explore the opportunity, given that it’s new and you have a long duration of time to go for it. And you must exploit the information, given that it’s something you already have an idea about, or know that exists. Then you’re bound with a short time to take the decision.
Also known as the explore-exploit trade-off strategy, it helps to execute the analytical side of the brain and take calculative resolutions.
5. The idea of minimalism to confront problems
We hold on to a lot of materialistic possessions, be it tangible or mental, thinking that someday they might be of some good use to us. So we store these items in the drawers, cupboard, wardrobe or hold these memories in places, objects, fragrances and don’t wish to let them go.
The idea of minimalism is to give your life a positive revamp, decluttering things that are of no more worth to you.
Speaking of the mind, it helps in situations when we hold ourselves back, or probably when we carry baggage in our hearts.
The approach is to dispose-off anything that hasn’t served your purpose in the recent six months, for might never be relevant in future as well. Removing the least used items makes space for the important things, which become easily accessible to you.
Speaking of the mind, it helps you do what makes the most sense in the least amount of time, and confront problems.
6. Being fearless to make mistakes
“And now go, make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes.”- Neil Gaiman
Sometimes, putting in fewer efforts for a critical decision, can help you release stress, relax more and take a calm, more self-aware and practical move.
Taking risks and chances at times can take you to another journey of adventure and might bring out the hidden parts of you, you never thought existed.
It’s alright to eliminate options that are not a priority, so the ones which are getting more attention and focus.
Being fearless to make mistakes can help you gain mental stability and courage to become brave and bold, even when life hits hard.
Becoming an everyday leader is not hard, but it’s always a conscious option.
While you choose to stand tall amidst a storm or take a move nobody expects you to, you become a better version of who you really are.
Know that you’re bold enough to confront problems and take the right decisions!
Did this article help you? Have you ever taken any of these points into consideration when you had to make a decision?
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Vanyashree Chaudhary is a light-hearted Journalism student from Delhi. She’s crazy about her love for graphic designing, Oreo shakes and Daft Punk. Find her the happiest while she’s travelling!