Quick Ways to Drastically Transform a Problem (Part I)

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Here is the one sentence synopsis of this blog post: The quickest way to solve a problem is to forget there is a problem.

Here is why
The issue with problem-solving is that it’s an inherently problem-centered approach, meaning the problem is the center of all future solutions we come up with.

If we want to drastically transform a problem we cannot lower our consciousness to the reality where the problem lives.

This means, we must see beyond what and where we are, to get to where we want to go.

Einstein alluded to this in physics “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Energetically, what happens when we mull over problems is exactly that—we sit and stew in the frequency of the problem. We think about how this problem impacts us, how it is prevalent in our lives and how it’s keeping us stuck or destroying us in some way.

This actually heightens and deepens the problem-identifying neuropathways in our system which, in turn, brings us more problems to identify!


In order to break free, we must rise above the nature of what the problem is. The most powerful way to do this is through a shift in the consciousness.

This simply means a perspective shift. 

Rather than coming up with different solutions to a problem through a problem centered approach, try adesire centered approach.

It may look something like this….

Problem: I’m not making enough money at my job.

Problem centered approach: Find ways to make more money! Get another job, ask for a raise, start my own company, get an MBA, cut back on lattes, sell handmade soap of Etsy, etc.

Desire Centered Approach: I want a job that pays me well and that allows me to travel and work from home.

Coming from this place, my focus shifts from making more money to the deeper issue which is finding work that is rewarding and that supports my lifestyle. I may not waste time with getting an MBA, for example, because, while it may help me make money, it may not actually be the most direct route to what I desire.

I actually worked with a client on a very similar issue and it turns out, she had that flexibility and added compensation in her current job–all she needed to do was ask!

Ok, one more real life-example:

Problem: My business is growing and I’m miserable because I am more run-down and unhappy than ever before

Problem centered approach: Find ways to scale my business and outsource work so that I can make time to be happy and sleep

Desire Centered Approach: I want to work with more clients who have an inspiring story and who understand my mission and aesthetic approach

While the problem centered approach focuses on fixing a piece of the issue, like a bandaid, the desire centered approach focuses on creating a sustainable lifestyle that energizes and nourishes the individual.

​I’ll be writing more on the different aspects of problem-solving. Stay tuned!

2019-05-11T22:40:10+00:00 October 5th, 2015|

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Anna is unrelenting in her search for truth and wisdom. She believes that all experiences in life move us toward our greatest strength and happiness. She is committed to living fully and enjoying the heck out of every experience and every person. She loves coffee, crystals and Fast Company.