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If you had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.
-- Henry Ford
 

 

Thursday, February 3, 2000

Walk away from it

If a difficult problem arises, sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away from it, at least for a few minutes. That’s not to say you should ignore the problem or dismiss your responsibility for it. Rather, it often can be very helpful to give yourself some perspective.

When a difficult problem arises, it can consume your thinking unless you take steps to put it in perspective. When a problem comes along, you suddenly switch to the “panic mode” and are in danger of blowing the problem completely out of proportion.

So the next time a problem comes along, walk away from it -- literally. Take a walk. Get out of the environment where the problem occurred and remind yourself that there is a whole, big world out there.

When you return, the problem will still be there, but your panic reaction will be gone. With a fresh perspective, plus a little fresh air and exercise, you’ll be better equipped to turn that problem into a new opportunity.

— Ralph Marston

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