Maybe you’ve been in a situation like this one before . . . I certainly have.
But it doesn’t have to happen. You can prepare yourself for this.
Here are three ways you can train your brain so it’s prepared to come up with new solutions when needed.
Discuss your problems with people you trust and respect. Get their perspective and opinion; especially with problems that you have solved on your own already.
The idea is not to get their specific help solving any one problem. Rather try to understand and appreciate their method for problem-solving.
Your goal is to expose you to different approaches to addressing challenges.
The more you open yourself up to alternate methods of solving problems, the bigger your knowledge base of strategies and techniques becomes. And the more effective you become at problem-solving in general.
2. Change up your routine
Having a structured morning and evening routine is a very healthy habit to develop, but sometimes we take it too far.
Often our entire day becomes a repetitive routine, and we tend to spend the bulk of our time on Autopilot.
And, when you follow a routine for a long time, your brain no longer needs to look for new solutions, and it gets lazy.
So, start trying things you wouldn’t normally do every day. Find small challenges to force your brain to problem-solve. Find new experiences and opportunities to activate your thought processes.