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Are You Solution Focused or Problem Focused?

The miracle question.

Suppose for a moment that sometime last night while you were sleeping a miracle happened a problem that you were struggling with was resolved. How will your life be different as a result of this occurrence? What might be the first sign that you notice that this miracle did occur? What will you be doing differently? How will you be thinking differently? How will you be feeling?

The above statement is one of the cornerstones of solution focused therapy. As a psychotherapist and hypnotist with over 20 years of experience it has become ever clear-that to focus on a problem the problem increases – focus on a solution and the solution will manifest NOW. I am reminded by the John Lennon song Watching the Wheels were he states "People ask me questions, lost in confusion - Well, I tell them there's no problem, only solutions"

It might be beneficial and even necessary to focus on the problem for purposes of identifying and isolating a specific issue. Once that problem is identified switch immediately to a solution focused perspective. See, hear, feel, think and become aware of what is happening internally. Write down a piece of paper the problem then immediately under that begin to list specific objectives that are necessary for resolution. Make those objectives as specific and detailed as possible. You now have a blueprint for the solution. As you realize and complete an objective put a checkmark next to the objective and begin to feel even better about being in the process of solving the problem.

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