Teaching Students Ways to Turn Problems into Opportunities
When any situation appears to be difficult and devastating, by keeping a positive approach we can convert the problem into an opportunity for doing something good.
When any situation appears to be difficult and devastating, by keeping a positive approach we can convert the problem into an opportunity for doing something good. Every problem is a learning opportunity for kids if we look at the bigger perspective. Teachers must teach students to never give up. With optimism, all problems can be easily overcome and converted into a chance to achieve something better.
Students must know that if the condition is not as per their expectations or plan they must not get discouraged. It could be one of the ways to get insight into many different things related to the situation which they otherwise may not get to know.
To turn every problem into an opportunity, students must do the following:
Thoroughly understand the situation
Students must not feel bad when difficulties that are unforeseen and unthought-of, come in their way. They must keep an open mindset and clear thoughts. It is an art to turn problems into opportunities and must be practiced by students using their determination and courage. First of all, they must try to accept the situation and not remain in denial. They must look for things in the situation that can be changed to turn the tables. Understanding the situation is half the battle won.
Focus your mind on the solution
Students must be trained to focus on the various possible solutions rather than the problems. Tell them that putting their mind and soul into the problem will not solve it. Putting all the energy in looking for possible solutions will make the situation appear better.
Analyze the options within reach
They must observe all that they can do. Students must be trained to come up with a list of all possible and available options. Subsequently, a plan of action must be created based on the options that are within their means and reach. No matter how bad the situation is, they must continue finding ways to come out of it and keep working on their journey.
Own up to the mistake
If the students are in a situation because of a mistake that they made, they must own up to the mistake and not indulge in playing a blame game. They must not engage in things like pointing fingers at others. All this will not only waste their energy but also induce anger and cause the problem to appear bigger than it actually may be. Taking responsibility for the mistake is good. They must put in their energy into looking for a way to come out of the situation, instead.
Well define the problem and jot it down
Students must learn to well define the problem at hand and if possible write it down on a piece of paper for clarity. Going through the problem, its causes, and solutions will bring in more clarity and it will be easier to look for solutions. It may appear trivial, but writing it down, helps a lot like Math.
Find out the root cause of the issue
Finding out the root cause of the problem should be a priority. Once the child has fought well with all the negativity and is much more relaxed than usual, they may start finding the root cause of the problem. Trying to read the cause well, may enable them to find the solution to the problem. They must save themselves from wasting their energy in undirected efforts without identifying the causes.
Students must be taught to keep their cool and wear a positive attitude through tough situations as the problems are nothing but blessings in disguise if used as an opportunity to grow and achieve much better things.