Sunday, January 4, 2015

New & Creative Solutions to Old Problems

"Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Albert Einstein.

When the same legal problems keep happening over and over, it is normal to get frustrated.  This is especially common in situations where people must interact closely over a long period of time (divorce, custody, business partners, neighbors).

If you are in this situation, it can be helpful to look at things with a fresh, new perspective, especially at the start of a new year! Here are some tips to help get you unstuck, and on your way to a better year.

  1. Tap into your creative side- try tackling the problem from a new vantage point. Where do you do your best thinking?  What time of day? Set aside some time to brainstorm and treat this like a serious project. 
  2. Don't rule out anything. Make a list of possible solutions. You can even include solutions that are impractical or seem silly. This may help you see an angle you hadn't thought about before. 
  3. Put yourself in the other guy's shoes.   If a lot of what is happening is out of your hands, you'll need to try to figure out why others are motivated to cause trouble (or unmotivated to find a solution).  
  4. Try to find a way to talk to the other person/people in a way that they can understand.  Try to give "constructive criticism" and try not to put them on the defensive.
  5. Look at your own behavior. You aren't perfect. What can you do better?  Are you a "control freak"? Do you surprise people by holding in your anger until you blow? Are there some issues that are better left alone.
If you need assistance with a legal issue, a legal consultation with a qualified attorney can provide you with further ideas about solutions and options, and can give you a new perspective on an old problem! 

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