#33: What if this was easy?
Reframing your mind about the problem
The original version of this question from 17 Questions That Changed My Life is: "What would this look like if it were easy?" It really stuck with me because of how easily it reframes my mind during challenging moments. When stressed, our minds complicate things so much that it’s hard to see a way out. Asking this question actively makes me consider a potentially easy solution.
In hindsight, I obviously know all the right answers to my past pains. So another version of this question is: “If my future self were to look back, what would I see?” Even attempting to look at a situation from that angle gives me a perspective less emotionally entangled in the issue than my current self.
Sometimes, the right solution might actually be easy. If it’s an option, I don’t want to miss that. In other cases, easy wouldn’t mean effortless but rather clear. Too often I am overwhelmed by the obscurity of a situation. What I need to find is the alignment of my values, desires, and aspirations.