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It was a very tough call for me to watch a mindless TV talk show for an hour. I felt that after listening to the medley of routines, challenges, miseries and frustrations being discussed about without any proposed solutions or positive remarks from the anchor person and talk show participants, my mind was boggled.
Ever wonder what it would be like to lock yourself inside a room all day long and just think about the different challenges without coming up with solutions? Will there be a fraction of change or improvement at all? Absolutely none. The challenges would continue and might even get more complicated in the long run.
Problems, whether professional or personal, are part and parcel of life. We cannot get rid of them. They actually add a bit of flavour to our everyday existence if only we see them in a different and positive light – that they are actually opportunities for us to learn and grow further.
A sole discussion about challenges is not the solution; one must also take action. For example, if your business proposals have been turned down, take it as an opportunity to start over and be creative in thinking about new project plans. Or, if you feel stuck in a non-motivating work environment, take a pause and look within yourself. What steps have you taken so far to improve your situation? Once you take full responsibility for your current situation, you will soon become empowered and suddenly all solutions will start popping up.
There are many who simply talk about the problems of the world, forgetting that they are also responsible for reverting the situation. Some are riddled with negative comments and refuse to change. Find out how you can be more productive. Start doing things differently. Apply the skills you learned to create the kind of career or life you want. Start living with solutions and focus on contributing towards positive change – be it at home, in the workplace or society. Do not wait for ''someday'' to happen. Remember, there is no ''someday'' among the days of the week.
• Never make excuses or blame others for your challenges
• Accepting responsibility is willingness to improve character
• Follow the define-plan-execute method of problem solving
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company