No one likes a challenge that leaves you overwhelmed but I am going to share some concepts that make it feel and look like a piece of cake.

When you’re faced with a big obstacle, you can tackle it much easier when you take on small actions, rather than thinking you have to do it all and make it happen right now.

Take Stock

Clarity will help you overcome just about anything, you need to look at the problem. Write down exactly what the situation is, what it is you need most and what the end goal is. For example, if you’re are in a situation in which you require money, be clear on the purpose for the money, how much money you need and when you need it by i.e. write down the date! Now that you know exactly what you’re up against, it’s time to make that major problem and turn it into something manageable.

Brainstorm

You’ve still got your pen and paper in front of you, so start jotting down any ideas you can think of that can help you solve the challenge. Don’t leave any idea out and just free writer all the possible ways that money can come to you!  Write down what you can sell, who you can borrow from, what odd jobs or services you can provide for extra cash and other such ideas.

Assess

Now that you have a list of ideas, look them over. All of the ideas have a possibility to work but choose the one that makes most sense or ist most like to work for you to solve the challenge. If some of them are a bit outrageous or too tricky, that’s okay just keep them on the bottom of your list of possibilities.

Plan

You’ve named the challenge, brainstormed the possible solutions and now it’s time to make a plan. Start with the first solution, and write out small steps you can take to make that idea a reality. The smaller the better. These tiny actions are easier to approach than your overwhelmingly larger goal. As you complete each one, you’ll start to feel more confident and see your goal coming closer to reality. In our quest for rent money, you may want to write down just what steps you’ll need to take in order to begin selling off your unneeded possessions. Start by making a list of what’s most valuable, and then gather the items. Next decide where to place your ads, such as in Facebook sales groups or Craigslist. Maybe you have a pawn shop near you that will give you quick cash. With each baby step you add to your plan, you’ll see that coming up with the money you need just might be doable, after all.

Act

All the problem solving and planning won’t work if you don’t take action. Schedule activities in your planner and cross them off when you’re finished. Before you know it, you’re closer to your goals. In our example, your available funds will start to grow. Every little bit counts.

There’s no need to get stuck in overwhelm when faced with challenges. Breaking it down into baby steps will help you reach the goals you need to overcome nearly any obstacle.


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