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Avoidance is not the way to get rid of a problem

Posted Mar 20 2013 1:17pm

Getting on the Positive Side of Change is an ongoing process. Wishing that things will change won’t get you on the other side of the problem.  Unless you  deal with the situation,  it won’t magically go away.  You need to take some form of action rather than  avoiding the difficult situation.  Putting it on the back burner, doesn’t relieve the stress the situation causes you. Because  at a certain level you are living the situation every day. Quite often it’s a conversation you need to have with someone. At other times it might be a business decision. There is always something we avoid doing.

I have found that when I have taken action and been proactive, I usually feel better afterwards. Usually those situations that I have been avoiding are much easier to deal with than i had anticipated. And quite often I have been energized by the engagement. I know with conversations that I have been avoiding it’s usually that way. The conflict or unease that I had with someone becomes a springboard for better connection.

Whatever it is take a step forward toward resolving the situation. Quit wasting time and energy thinking about it and do something. Even putting a date on your calendar to take action is better than doing nothing.

One thing I know for certain is that when you don’t deal with the problem you still worry about it and on some level it fuels an underlying anxiety that doesn’t need any more stimulus.

Now is the time to confront what you are avoiding. Begin now.



Mark Susnow, is an executive-life coach and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. A former trial attorney for 30 years, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He is the author of Dancing on the River: Navigating Life’s  Changes and Discover the Leader Within.

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