Start getting lucky... right now... for FREE. Below are time tested
"Spiritual Problem Solving Techniques" from Past Forward's "Secrets of
Creating Good Luck" that will help you to start turning annoying problems
into money making opportunities... ENJOY!
Secrets to Creating Good Luck
Overcoming Obstacles: Harvesting the Opportunities in Problems
"When Life Hands You Lemons Make Lemonade"
You have probably seen this so many times before but... "when life hands
you lemons, make lemonade." For that is the key to harvesting the opportunities
that are hidden in the problems that come your way.
Look closer at what life is giving you and see if you can do something
with that. For those who are the most successful in life are those who
see more than others see in the situation and do something positive about
it. Like diamonds glittering in the sand, it will take effort to find the
opportunity but it is always there.
Good luck will almost ALWAYS come to you in the form of problems for
you to solve. There is an ancient Chinese saying that "no problem comes
to you without bearing a gift in its hands". The trick is to look past
the problem to find the buried gift of opportunities to be seized and used.
You must be ready to act on good luck when it comes. For if you are not
ready to handle good luck, you are saying you really do not want it.
Practice solving the problems you have by making more space in your
life, in your mind, and in your skills for the good luck you desire.
Once you act on creating good luck, you are showing the universe
your seriousness and that it had better get busy working for you.
This is better illustrated by an "real life example" of problems leading to
opportunities that could scarcely be imagined, let alone made real.
How Getting Temporarily Fired Led to
Permanent Job Security
Take the case of Roberta Guaspari, the violin teacher who started a
music program for the inner city children of Harlem, NY, and upon whose
life the movie "Music of the Heart" was based. When the funding was cut
for her violin program by the school system, she fought to save it by
putting on a recital featuring performances by her best students.
Despite initial enthusiasm, the recital was nearly cancelled when the
theatre booked for their performance was so badly damaged that it had to
be shut down. Yet at that moment, Carnegie Hall, hearing of Guaspari's
heroic efforts, offered her their space for free and recruited several
internationally renowned musicians to appear with the students.
The recital was successful enough to keep Guaspari's music program
going for another three years. This attracted the movie and now the
future of her music program is guaranteed. This all resulted from
financial barriers paving the road to success.
Getting Lemonade from Lemons: Spiritual
Problem Solving Techniques
Most times problems are simply a matter of how you look at them. Take
this scene from the novel, Madame Bovary. Her husband was a doctor
who was trying to make a name for himself by solving exotic diseases. A
man came to him asking to be cured of his deformed "club foot" and he tried
an experimental cure which proved to be a dismal failure.
The man had to have his foot removed and the doctor was disgraced...
but the man was happy. The wooden foot he wore in place of his club foot
was more comfortable and made it easier for him to walk. He thanked the
doctor for his cure: for he viewed the doctorís failure as his success.
Getting Off on the Right Foot to Solve
The lesson of the "Club Foot" is that failure and success are often
only a matter of opinion. "Club Foot" is also a handy way to remember
the eight spiritually based problem solving techniques.
#1: Communication: So often
problems are no really problems, they are matters of miscommunication.
When a problem arises, firts be sure to verify all the facts of the
It is quite possible that you have been misinformed and
there really is no problem. Or it is possible that you misunderstood
either the original communication or the one now and you have unrealistic
expectations about the situation.
If so, now is the time to get everything out into the open:
discuss things frankly and be listening as well as talking. Be sure that
there really is a problem to be solved and be open to the opportunities
that the problem presents.
#2: Let Go of Ego: When it comes
to problem solving, if you have an ego that requires "Everyone Get Out",
you have already diminished your ability to solve problems. For "Together
Everyone Achieves More" (the true meaning of team work).
There is a synergy (combined powerful effect) from people
working together to solve a problem that can result in goals being achieved
in less time and with greater impact than can be had if a single person
works on the problem alone.
People working alone can achieve great things... but they can
achieve even greater things when they can "bounce there ideas off" others.
So let go your ego and get out of your own way.
#3: Urgent or Important: So now
you really do have a problem and that you are open to getting it resolved:
now what? The first task is to assess the damage that the problem can
cause. Is the problem urgent?
Most problems can be solved if there is enough time to solve
them. If there is time, then workarounds can always be found... and often
the workarounds lead you to a better solution than the one you first came
Yet when time is not your friend, the next thing to assess is:
is the problem important? Often time works against you simply to "squeeze
out" what is not needed in your approach.
If you cannot do something in the time you have, then think
about if you can eliminate what you do not have time for anyway. If you
can, 99 times out of 100 you have lost nothing. For those other times,
you will rely on these next techniques.
#4: Big Picture: Many times
problems ask us to take a step back to look at the "Big Picture". Problems
may be alerting you to the fact that you have departed from your perfected
vision without even realizing it.
Most times problems come up because you are concentrating on
what can go wrong with what you want (manifesting problems) instead of
what can go right (the outcome that you desire).
Like the famous author Mark Twain said: "I had a lot of troubles
in my life most of which never happened". Those who get the good luck
they desire keep their attention fixed on their "Big Picture" so that it
is the only thing they see.
They have a very clear idea of what kind of person they want
to be, what kind of life they want to live, and what kind of things/events
they want to manifest. As these "Big Picture" items are the only thing
they can see there is not room for anything else, problems included.
#5: False Parameters: When
comparing the "Big Picture" to the problem at hand, ask yourself: "What
is not true about the problem? How does it not fit in with my Big Picture?".
So often we get "sucked into" accepting societyís/other peopleís perception
of a problem and then think we must deal with it using their pre-packaged solutions.
Yet we are always free to reject anotherís definition of the
problem, to discard their means of solving it, and to find our own way of
handling things. As Mr. Spock is fond of saying, "there are always alternatives".
* Finding alternatives is meant to stretch your brain, to make
you look in different places, to hook you up with different people, or to
make you alter your current relationships terms better for both of you.
* Finding altermatives is meant to help you create solutions
which are better than what you have imagined. In fact, they are meant to
help you find the best of all possible solutions!
* Finding alternatives is meant to lead you on the path in life
that will create your greatest joy!
Every problem that, at first, seems insoluble becomes easy to
solve once you remove the false parameters ("Whatís wrong with this?") that
you or others around you have attached to it.
#6: Only Part or the Whole: Asking
"Whatís wrong with this picture?" will get you to take a closer look at it.
The questions to ask are:
"Is only part of my Big Picture effected by this problem? Or
is the whole picture effected? Is there a better way to do what I am
doing? Is there something in my Big Picture that I should consider
As you grow, your "Big Picture" will need to grow right along
with you. It is always a good idea to check periodically that you still
want what it is that you have asked for.
#7: Outcome Oriented Thinking:
Part of the problem with traditional problem solving techniques is that
they focus on the "WHY" of a problem and not on the "HOW" to solve it aspect.
The Problem of "WHY": Traditional problem solving assumes
that when you know the cause of the problem then the solution comes from
addressing the cause. Looking at the "WHY" of problems and solutions can
get you trapped in circular thinking.
For the "WHY" of problems limits you to the solutions
that match the "cause" of the problem. Yet although the "WHY" a problem
gives you very valuable information, it usually does not tell you different
ways of "HOW" to solve the problem. They only tell you the "tried-and-true"
solutions which are probably lacking in the very creativity you need.
The Solution of "HOW": When you learn to think past the
problem and focus on a desired outcome, you have shifted your thinking from
"WHY" to"HOW". This enables you to solve problems by seeing past the
obstacles to their solution.
Focusing on problems means focusing on obstacles.
Focusing on outcomes means focusing on successful solutions... on the "HOW"
part of the solution.
There is enormous power in moving away from "problem oriented"
thinking and toward "outcome oriented" thinking. "Outcome oriented" thinking
allows you to stop accepting problems exactly "the way that you are supposed
to think of them, the way that everyone else does, the conventional way of
doing so", etc. It frees you to break out of limiting patterns and solve
the problem from the space of unlimited possibilities.
Here is how you get into "outcome oriented" mode:
When problems come up, immediately move past denial,
and say to yourself: "I know from experience that this problem has to be
simpler than it appears to be. How can I break this problem down into its
component parts so that I can focus on the heart of the issue represented
by this problem?"
Once you are sure that you understand the problem,
say to yourself: "I am looking past the problem now toward the outcome
that I want. What do I need to know/learn/do to achieve my outcome?"
Once you are sure that you are focused on the outcome,
say to yourself: "I am totally focused on the outcome. How can I step back,
look at the problem from a different perspective, question what I am seeing,
and come up with a creative solution that achieves my desired outcomes?"
"Outcome oriented" problem solving is so effective is because
it teaches you to tap into your own sources of divine creativity to create
whatever it is that you desire. For once you learn to do that and can
repeat the process over and over again at will, you will be able to create
all that you desire... which is the greatest good luck of all.
#8: Turn it Over: If you are
absolutely stuck inside a problem and cannot find your way out, then it
is time to turn the problem over to the universe. This means you need
to "turn it over" to your Higher Self (the inner part of yourself which
is the source of your personal truth) and let it find the best outcome
All you need to do is say "Higher Self, this problem looks
insoluble to me. Yet I know it can be solved and I need your help to do
so. Show me how to handle this problem so that I can achieve the outcome
that I desire. Please show me how I can take back control of this situation.
Give me some alternatives that are not only for my better good but for the
highest good of all concerned".
If you let go, and let the God within you, take over, you will
be able to move past any problem and manifest your desires. Trust and the
good luck you need will come your way.
The important thing to remember in any problem solving situation is that
it is ONLY temporary. You will get past the problem somehow, find a solution
to it, and manifest the outcome that you desire.
From "Secrets to Creating Good Luck" by Ellen