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Episode Info: Ep #21 - In this weeks show we discuss problems and how realizing they are a non-stop occurrence in our lives actually frees us up from the stress they induce because we expect them, instead of fear them. Problems are opportunities to learn and grow. Running from the negative thoughts and feelings blocks your ability to experience the event and thus not learn what you need to in order to mature and evolve. Realize that problems are forever. You will never eliminate all the problems in your life. It is impossible.  Get a good grade and your friend gets a bad grade - how will you handle your contrary emotions? Get a raise and now you pay higher taxes. Get a new car and now you have greater expenses. Win the game and now you have pressure to win the next game. Get good grades and now you pressure yourself to get better. No matter the situation you experience it will bring with it a whole new set of "problem" that are really just life situations you now get to experience so you can continue to grow. Ask yourself these questions when a problem arises or you feel overwhelmed by college and life. 1. What is a problem you want to eliminate forever? Why?2. If you were able to eliminate this problem, what new problem would take its place that you don't have now?3. What do you think about the concept that problems and negative emotions are forever?4. As a human being that has both positive and negative emotions, what doyou think about the idea that the good balance is half and half without anybuffering or false pleasures?5. I believe that most of our dreams are on the other side of discomfort. What is your relationship with discomfort?6. When we see problems as an unwanted or wrong part of life, we end up not growing. Why do you think this is?7. If you looked forward to negative emotion and planned on problems, howwould your life be different?8. Can you think of a problem you have had that ultimately created an equalamount of positive contrast? Write it here.9. Here's an idea...The bigger your dreams, the more problems you will have. The more problems you have, the more opportunity you have for the balance of positive emotion. Thoughts? The above questions come from Brooke Castillo's Self-Coaching Scholars program I am in. Also, please subscribe, rate and review the show to help us spread the word about this awesome free content. Your simple action of rating and reviewing does wonders in helping others find the show. If you have questions you'd like addressed on the show, want to book me to speak at an event, or want to recommend or be a guest on this show, please contact me through any of the social media links below or via email. Feel free to contact me here for any other reason as well: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn: Email:
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