If there’s one thing that we’d call common among everyone irrespective of age, stature, job, race, gender, or anything else… it would be problems. Problems that all of us face at any point in time. Is it even life if there’re no problems in it? 

Not getting that colorful balloon is the biggest problem in life for a child while not earning enough money could be a real worry for a grown-up man and all of us are always looking for different ways to solve our problems. There are so many things that come in the way of us finding the solutions to them. 

Sometimes, it’s just the way we think… in some cases the emotions attached with the incidents or the problems overpower us, stopping us from getting the solution, and other times it’s us thinking too logically. 

Recently, I came across two methods or processes we could follow to deal with our problems and they could save us from so much confusion and unrest around the problems. Give them a read!


Remember how we’d solve our math problems back in school? We’d read the question, think of all the possible solutions, and apply the most suitable one to solve the problem! This is exactly what the problem cycle does to help us find our way through the problem.

This is what a problem cycle looks like.

According to this concept, every problem needs to go through this cycle before it gets resolved. To solve a problem, we should first identify what the problem is. After defining the problem properly, we should brainstorm on what the possible solutions for that problem could be. Once, that is done, we must ponder upon all the possible ways to find out which suits the current situation appropriately and apply that to solve the issue. 

I know this sounds ridiculous and I know what you all are saying after reading this! Not all problems are so simple and easy to fit into this cycle. Not all problems are within the reach of this kiddish concept!

Exactly! I felt the same when I first read this entire thing…nonetheless, I gave this thing a try and I must say it is worth trying at least once. 

You know we all get into panic mode when we realize that our path is leading into trouble or when we get too absorbed by our emotions finding ourselves in soup! That’s where this will save you. The knowledge of this cycle psychologically would save you from tension and nervousness. It helps you think logically when you cannot. Your mind will feel a little better when you know you can coolly think and come up with a way to solve the issue. 

Simple things are sometimes so very underrated and I feel this one is too! There’s no harm in trying though 😀  


This method focuses on the emotions and helps us deal with them in a better way. It emphasizes the need to identify the source of the problem and how it makes us feel. 

There could be various sources to a problem but they could be categorized into these 4 things: 

  1. Our own mistakes: When we realize that we are the cause for all the mess around us, it triggers guilt and regrets instantly. This could transform into a bigger issue if we don’t learn from that mistake and apply it effectively later when we come across similar situations.
  2. Someone else’s mistake: We feel very angry and frustrated when we see hurdles to our work because of someone else. Well, it is necessary to convey our thoughts and expectations to them in such cases but what’s more important here is to not let those emotions overpower us. We should learn to evaluate the capabilities of others and set our expectations right before we make anyone else responsible for a task. That way, we minimize the chance of errors and mistakes either for us or for them giving a chance for the smooth conduct of the job.
  3. Situations: Sometimes, it is the situation that is the culprit of the issue. There’s no point going around trying to blame someone or something in these cases. Rather, look at them as opportunities to learn. See that those instances are trying to teach you something. Usually, when a problem arises because of a situation, it is an indication for us to upgrade a necessary skill. Work on that. Expand your horizon and that will save you from so many more of such problems in the future.
  4. Worrying about the future: This is something that we should not be paying too much attention to. All we can do is, give everything our best shot and wait for things to unfold. Letting the fear of the future bother us a lot would do nothing but make our present restless. 

This concept is rightly called the FLIP because it helps us flip our perspective to that of introspection and helps in our growth as people and enhancing our capabilities. It empowers us to deal with our problems effectively. 

It also shows us that all negative emotions serve a purpose, that they are always trying to teach us something. They are not bad unless we don’t learn from them and commit the same mistakes repeatedly.

Both these concepts are very potent and can work wonders on how we look at challenges and tough situations each time we come across them. 

I hope you all can make the most of these techniques whenever you need to! 

Thank you so much for reading through this and I’ll see you next week with another blog post. 

Until then…Toodles!!

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  • M V Raja

    Flipping one’s perspective, perhaps, let’s us look at possible solutions than getting stuck at the problem itself
    Most of us don’t even recognise that sometimes, the root of the problem lies within self. When we understand this, I guess we have more solutions than problems