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You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
-- Pearl S. Buck


Saturday, October 27, 2001

Deal with it

Each time you encounter a difficult situation, you have two basic choices. You can choose to deal with it or you can choose to let it deal with you. When you go ahead and deal with it, you put yourself in control. That’s far better than the alternative of letting the problem put you under its control.

Dealing with it means real, focused effort. Dealing with it means discomfort, inconvenience and perhaps even some pain. Not dealing with it, though, will eventually bring even more pain and discomfort.

The faster you start dealing with a difficult situation, the more control you’ll have over it. If you wait around until you can no longer avoid it, many of your best options will have already disappeared.

It’s usually not much fun to tackle a perplexing problem. There are many other things you’d rather be doing. It’s not much fun, but it can be extremely rewarding. Jump quickly and aggressively into dealing with it, and you’ll probably even uncover a valuable opportunity. At the very least, you’ll put yourself in the best possible position by acting quickly and decisively.

Pretending your problems don’t exist won’t make them go away. Dealing with them will. Look at them, acknowledge them, deal with them and use your considerable energy to move on ahead.

— Ralph Marston

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