Personal update and how you can put your problems to work for you

Veteran Jim Donovan

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve written. You may have read the post a while back about my having some health challenges. I’ve been taking time to concentrate on getting well again. While I’m not healed yet, I am working on my health and learning all kinds of things about health and healing.

Since I believe everything happens for a reason and that all problems contain some benefit or gift, I can accept that I’m destined to learn from this experience and, perhaps, will write a new book about my experience at some future time.

I can appreciate what people with serious illness go through and am thankful that, compared to many, my issues are light weight.

For anyone facing a health challenge, I’d recommend the book, You Are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza. My sister kept telling me I should read it and I finally started. It’s an amazing book that will change your beliefs about what is possible with regard to your body, mind and overall health.

One area of my work that I’m making changes in is my speaking. While I am still available to deliver seminars anywhere on a limited basis, I am focusing more on offering programs for smaller, local businesses that are closer to my home.

If you own, work for, or know of businesses who want to improve their business and train and develop their employees, I will be offering several programs, designed for smaller audiences and at a lower cost than your typical seminar.

How you can put your problems to work for you

People tend to avoid having to deal with problems whenever possible. What you’re viewing as a problem, however, may very well be your greatest opportunity. When I woke up in a hospital ward many years ago, broke in every way, I thought my life was over. Little did I know that the life I live today was just beginning. What I first perceived as a problem was to become my greatest opportunity.

Here’s a tip to help you view problems differently: Change the word ” problem” to “challenge.” We try to avoid problems but step up to a challenge.  This is a habit I developed more than twenty years ago and it has served me well.

Activity: Problem solving

  • What are the challenges your facing in your life right now?
  • How might you begin to view the situation differently?
  • What is going right with regard to your “challenge?”
  • What new action could you take to help resolve the situation?

Lamenting about the problem, over and over, will not get you to your solution. As they say in New England, “You can’t get there from here.”

Whenever you’re facing a “problem,” always focus on what is going right, what’s working and what’s good about the situation. That’s the way out.


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