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Opposite Thinking

What is one particularly challenging problem you are facing right now? How might it look to think the opposite and come at a solution from a different angle?

Wishful thinkers choose to make the safe or right decision. The challenge with this is that if you make the decision most people make, you’re going to end up being the same as everyone else.

Sometimes the way to solve a problem is to do the opposite of what is expected. The more you can leverage the contradictions of life, the greater your potential for reaching your goals or solving a problem.

Below are some strategies you can use:

• Spend some time thinking through a problem and looking for unapparent solutions. Use this exercise to develop mental flexibility.

• Doing things the opposite way means you won’t know what’s coming next. Lean into this and learn to get comfortable there. Embrace ambiguity!

• Think about the craziest way to get from where you are to where you want to be. Cogitate on the possibilities.

• Think about one long-term goal you are pursuing. Try to reverse engineer (or work backward) the steps required to reach that goal.

• Simplify your thinking when making a big decision. Write a list of pros and cons. It will help reduce your own bias and errors in your reasoning. Then test the validity of your position by finding a person you can trust to play the devil's advocate. It can be a great opportunity to exercise passionate willpower.

Today, I invite you to look at the world in a different way. Don't be afraid to take things apart, move in a different direction, and act in a way that only you understand. The improved outcome will be apparent!

Let me know how it goes.

Wishing you continued growth and success,


Nora Paxton

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