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Problems come and go, but you will have to live with yourself after they have passed. How do you make sure you don’t regret your approach? By trusting yourself, clinging to your values, and learning to face problems with confidence. Here are some concrete ways to do it.

Acknowledge the Problem

Treating problems like fragile things won’t help solve them, and this certainly won’t empower you to tackle them head-on. As motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “You cannot solve a problem until you acknowledge that you have one and accept responsibility for solving it.”

Reframe It as a Challenge

Sometimes it’s all about perspective. If a “problem” is giving you problems, maybe a “challenge” won’t? The latter can stir up your emotions and motivations that the former cannot. You are also shifting your attitude and approach by reframing it as a challenge. Fixing it, in this context, may give you a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Know and Trust Yourself

Lack of can lead to doubting even your most primal instincts. According to the UK National Health Services, people who are not confident may also avoid challenging situations out of a lack of trust in their ability to face problems. One way to build self-trust is to remember all the good decisions that you’ve made for yourself and lean on your values when making future choices.

Seek Guidance If Needed

According to Harvard Business Review, 84% of CEOs who have mentors claim they learned to avoid costly mistakes, while 69% said mentors taught them to make better decisions. If you find yourself in a bind, seek the advice of a mentor (chances are, you already have an unofficial one). It would help to have a sounding board and a source of validation before you make an important decision.

Stand by Your Decision

Standing by your decision doesn’t mean being stubborn and insisting you were right. It’s the willingness to accept the consequences of this decision, good or bad. According to the IESE Business School Journal, some of the most common decision-making errors to avoid include not considering their immediate and long-term consequences. Another is not following through by monitoring for side effects and potential issues that need fixing.

Embrace Any Outcome

Being detached from results can be a way to face problems. It is what stoics believe. You don’t have to be emotionally disengaged, just be open to possibilities and know that things can’t always go your way. Embracing the undesirable can be a struggle, but it is, technically, change. The Center of Creative Leadership calls this “dispositional flexibility,” a technique wherein one remains yet realistic to adapt to change.

Learn From the Experience

Albert Einstein said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” What caused the problem in the first place? To move forward confidently, you must find the root of the issue. It helps you understand what needs to be done so it doesn't happen again. 

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Learning to face problems is a life-long affair. Hopefully, you won’t encounter too many challenges, but may the ones that you do come across make you stronger and more confident.