Ep #79: Problems You Solve v. Problems You Manage

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Problems You Solve v. Problems You Manage

‘Problems you solve versus problems you manage’ is a concept that was developed by relationship expert, John Gottman. It was an eye-opener to me when I first learned that some problems are not always resolvable, and that that in itself is not a problem. But if we don’t need to solve problems, then what?


While problems are an inherent part of life and we can’t ever escape them, what you may not know is that some problems are unsolvable. Trying to solve them is only leading to you spending time and energy trying to fix something that doesn’t actually need to be fixed, when you could manage them instead. And this is the game-changing concept I’m sharing with you today.


Join me this week as I offer you tools and ideas for navigating your problems differently so you don’t fixate on solving something that’s unresolvable, but rather focus your attention on managing them. You’ll hear what happens when you constantly strive to fix an unsolvable problem, what happens when you stop, and my 6-step process for managing your problems. 


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What You’ll Learn from this Episode:
  • What happens when you’re constantly striving to solve an unsolvable problem.
  • Examples of problems in your practice that might not be solvable, and how that’s not a problem.
  • How to redefine what a problem means to you.
  • The difference between problems you solve versus problems you manage. 
  • 6 steps for managing problems so you’re not wasting time and energy on something unsolvable.
  • The results you’ll create when you stop trying to solve an unsolvable problem.


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