At times, unexpected events and challenges can get in the way of best-laid plans. For example, you might get sick or injured or need to deal with a family issue or a financial crisis. Earlier in this section we considered a scenario in which a student realized she needed to change her major and her career plans. Such upsets, whether minor or major, may trigger a need to take some time off from school—perhaps a term or a year. Your priorities may shift. You may need to reevaluate goals.
Below is a simple list of four problem-solving strategies. They can be applied to any aspect of your life.
- What is the problem? Define it in detail. How is it affecting me and other people?
- How are other people dealing with this problem? Are they adjusting their time management skills? Can they still complete responsibilities, and on time?
- What is my range of possible solutions? Are solutions realistic? How might these solutions help me reach my goal/s?
- What do I need to do to implement solutions?
You may wish to also review the earlier set of questions about focusing with intention on goals.
Be confident that you can return to your intended path in time. Acknowledge the ways in which you need to regroup. Read inspiring words from people who have faced adversity and gained. Line up your resources, be resolved, and proceed with certainty toward your goals.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
–Henry David Thoreau, author