Problems Are Prospertunities (Pt. 1) – Look For the Good Inside the Bad

* This is part one of a two-part series on prospertunities. To read the subsequent article, click right here.

Every problem is an opportunity for growth. As a matter of fact, each problem you have can be perceived as a “prospertunity”. What the hell is that?

It means if you have a strong character and a shatterproof mind, you can perceive each problem in your life as a necessary growth period and an opportunity to prosper far more than where you currently reside.

Problems arise to challenge our perceptions, old beliefs, and conflicting desires. They are not something to be avoided, and are in fact very necessary for personal growth and self-realization.

These points of conflict occur to smooth out all bumps in the success mechanism. Learn more about your success mechanism in this book. These conflicts are there to guide your forward progress and should not be heeded like a stop sign is. They are more like go-around-signs or figure-a-way-through signs.

They exist like guidance points that Global Positioning Systems use to base their directions off of. They are told when to go a bit left, a bit up or down, and what to reference to correctly get to the pre-set destination.

Your conscious and subconscious minds work in this manner as well, because if you’ve successfully set a goal for it to work for, in the form of images and feelings, you are preparing yourself to get there in the most efficient and direct way. The fastest way from point A to point B is in a straight line, but that’s never how it happens in reality. 

Always factor in the inevitable difficulties.

Solve Problems With the Right Approach: Self-Conquest

Here’s a bold statement…

What is the answer to any and every personal problem?

Self-conquest.

If you have control of yourself and over your own emotions, there is absolutely nothing that can sway you. No matter what problem comes up, you deal with it however you choose to.

From James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh:

Ninth Morning: Whatever conditions are rendering your life burdensome, you may pass out of and beyond them by developing and utilizing within you the transforming power of self-purification and self-conquest.

Before the divine radiance of a pure heart, all darkness vanishes and all clouds melt away, and he who has conquered self has conquered the universe.

He who sets his foot firmly upon the path of self-conquest, who walks, aided by the staff of faith, the highway of self-sacrifice, will assuredly reach the highest prosperity, and will reap abounding and enduring joy and bliss.

When people freak out over problems, it means they are choosing consciously or unconsciously to react to the problem in that way. They have the power to step back for a second and decide whether they actually need to go crazy or not.

This ranges from problems as small as spilling a drink all the way up to losing family members.

The problem itself does not matter. It has no power in itself, just like money, words or actions. They carry no weight by themselves, it is always the projection or opinion that is cast upon them.

This may be a hard pill to swallow, but by understanding that the event itself is neutral until perceived, you are free in choosing how to respond.

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Shakespeare

We decide that certain words are bad or off limits, or we decide that money is all-powerful and solves everything.

Says who?

The one placing the value on the thing is the one experiencing its “power”.

The real power is within you.

The same goes for problems! Whenever you’ve got a problem that you think is insurmountably huge, just recognize that if you want to grow stronger and become a better person, you will need to overcome.

You are bigger and stronger than any problems that come your way.

You have beaten every single issue in the past and lived through it, and now you’re moving on to better things all the time. You have not died yet, and you have survived every threat of the past.

What this means on a deeper level is that you have conquered yourself. You’ve destroyed your fears, smashed through limitations, kicked your bad habits, and eliminated toxic mindsets.

You’ve become this big and this strong so far. Don’t quit or get discouraged when simply another catalyst for growth comes up. Embrace it.

James Allen has an excellent perspective on all problems and how self-conquest helps.

An excerpt from the Ninth Morning:

“Whatever conditions are rendering your life burdensome, you may pass out of and beyond them by developing and utilizing within you the transforming power of self-purification and self-conquest.”

Prospertunities: Always Look to Prosper From the Bad In the Good

Problems and setbacks can be discouraging and extremely frustrating. If you let them, they will knock you down.

Sometimes you don’t even have to let them and they will just bowl you over. However, if you’re utilizing the strongest mind and conquering of self you can muster, you will always find a way to get back up.

Truly successful people always find the way back up.

If they get hit 10 times, they’re up 11. This is because nothing can be accomplished without setbacks and temporary defeat is a quiet ingredient to success.

The keyword here is temporary. Champions always find the way to get up.

The rain makes the sunshine sweeter anyways.

Whenever a setback comes, which is really just a set up for a come back, your immediate job is to look for things you’re thankful for. Find reasons to be happy and find ways to overcome the current issue at hand; it’s time to get creative.

A problem at your doorstep is simply stimulation towards a better outcome. It’s a small (or large) prodding that is urging you to try something different. If we never had problems, we would never actually have means to get better. And really, what successful person doesn’t want to get good as possible?

We should be happy and thankful when problems come up, because on the other end exists a smarter, stronger, and wealthier version of ourselves if we’ll stick with it long enough.

Put Things Into Perspective – What Is Bad or Good?

As soon as a serious problem hits, it can feel like the end of the world. It can feel like the load is too heavy to bear, if you allow yourself to go down the wrong pathway of thought momentum.

Before you let your mind wander, nip the negative thought in the bud.

Remember that a few days before the problem arose, everything was going well and it will soon go back to normal, or a new norm will appear. However, do not be discouraged with one issue as if it will forever stop your forward motion.

Things will be fine, you will figure the way out, and you should take the larger approach.

When we label something as “bad”, we are only looking at a small timeframe or group of information. We’re seeing something through a lens that could be expanded far wider to see the whole picture.

When this “bad” thing occurs, we are not remembering all of the good that happened before, or the good that will occur because of this thing.

Sometimes when people pass away, it seems awful. And the feelings are often sad and depressed, but there can be amazing things that happen out of this event that might not have happened otherwise.

This is where we should be looking – at the whole picture.

Don’t get caught up in one or two events; simply remember that there is a larger plan going on than what is easily available to the eye.

By taking the whole picture approach, you’re really declaring yourself on the high road. You’re rising above trivial situations and viewing your life with somewhat of a movie perspective.

You’re on the hero’s journey, you’re learning and growing, you’re having some setbacks, but before the credits roll, you will be victorious.

* This is part one of a two-part series on prospertunities. To read the subsequent article, click right here.

You May Also Like

Leave a Reply

one + three =

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Content is protected!