Here are some indispensable qualities in cultivating a problem-solving approach to life:
Are you pessimistic or optimistic? Do you possess a sense of purpose in life? Do you look at life with some sense of free will, or the capacity to make choices in every circumstance? Studies reveal that people that can pinpoint their life focus show resilience when faced with stress. Other factors include the ability to visualize life as hopeful, and that good effort will pay off eventually.
Are you witnessing at life’s daily challenges as glitches that can be solved? In one research, compared with non-leaders, business and military leaders (who proved to have a natural problem-solving and optimistic viewpoint) had lower levels of stress hormones than the average population and reported less anxiety. Many similar studies have verified comparable results.
In the Christian faith, we are encouraged to pick a focus that looks towards the good that God is doing, instead of becoming pessimistic and hopeless.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is true, whatever is lovely, whatever is right, whatever is admirable–if anything is praiseworthy or excellent–think about such things.”
- Philippians 4:8
God’s design is to make our minds focused on what is pure and good. This takes practice, but it can be done. Life contains positive and negative, good and bad, simultaneously. Problem solvers begin to exercise free will in how they choose to view challenges. God gives us the ability to control our focus. Reflect on how you focus on everyday life challenges. These are the choices that are foundational to coping with stress.