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It can be frustrating to be stuck with a problem. While most of us thrive on a challenge, some are greater than we can handle, or they just keep coming back.

When we are locked into a problem we tend to do more of the same, thus reinforcing the problem. If it doesn’t actually make the problem worse, successive failures certainly make it seem more resistant and unsolvable.

At times like that it is difficult to remember the injunction to ‘do something different’. But that’s what’s needed. When we repeatedly apply a strategy that doesn’t work our usual methods are not only ineffective, they can actually ensure that the problem stays with us.

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Confusing the ‘new’ thing with how people manage to get into difficulty when using it is an error in thinking. Still, some of it is relevant. Coming back to SM, I’ve met quite a few people lately who can’t break the habit.

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If you tend towards a pessimistic outlook, how about learning selective optimism? That way you can get the benefits and still be true to your negativity.

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