Spring is upon us, and the change in weather is bringing about new life—it is time to wake up from the winter slump. Today, focus on what you want to change, overcoming any problems or challenges that may be plaguing you. Whether you are feeling down because you have not lost the five pounds you vowed to lose for the new year, or you and your best friend or significant other are having an off month, hope is not lost! As Deepak Chopra explains in his book Spiritual Solutions, the answers to your problems, big or small, are hidden inside of you but can be reached. First you need to determine what is feeding the problem; once you figure this out, you are on the path to solving your latest dilemmas and can return your focus to the things that make you happy.
According to Chopra, there are five main areas where problems arise:
- Perceptions: Perception is entirely individualized; recognizing that each person perceives situations in his or her own way can help you understand that someone else’s interpretations may be different than yours, a situation that may be the root of a simple misunderstanding.
- Beliefs: We all have a set of core beliefs, whether they are recognized or not. “When you react to a challenge by taking it too personally . . . some core belief has usually been touched.” Figuring out why you had a complete meltdown when your boss questioned the report you turned in may help you discover your core beliefs. Maybe you thought the person was questioning your integrity or intelligence? Once you are in tune with your belief system, you can control your reactions. No more office meltdowns!
- Assumptions: Everyone knows the old adage about assuming . . . so leave your assumptions behind and enter every situation with an open mind. This will allow you to experience new and different things and also keep you from making a fool of yourself.
- Expectations: Often set too high or too low, expectations are “linked to desire or fear” and have a way of often disappointing you. Try to find a happy middle ground, where your reality and expectations meet. This will avoid many problems before they can start.
- Feelings: Many of us are in the successful business of suppressing our feelings, so make an effort to fight this and instead try to talk about what is bothering you. Have an honest conversation with yourself and even write down a list of all the things you are feeling; this may help you discover problems you were unaware of previously.
Ultimately, you are the only one who can determine what is bogging you down, as you control these areas of your mind and being. With Chopra’s guidance, give yourself a new perspective, figure out where the root of your problems lie, and soon you will be ridding yourself of some extra baggage.
So go to it! And start tackling your biggest challenges today!