Life likes to throw challenges at us. Sometimes, these challenges appear in the form of a drawstring coming out of your pyjamas or a loose tooth. As long as you master these nine secrets of becoming a DIY expert, you have nothing to fear.
You’ve seen the bumper sticker; stuff happens. Minor frustrations are the norm, not the exception. Trying to pin the blame on someone is usually a waste of time, and avoiding the victim trap is an essential component of the fixer philosophy. If you drop and break a china, you can either think it’s unfair, or marvel at how long you and that china defied gravity, a force powerful enough to sling planets through the solar system. Then you can zero in on a solution.
You must get over that initial emotional response to a problem. Only then will you start to think of solutions. If you assume there is a way to deal with a problem, you’ll probably find one. Think self-fulfilling prophecy.
Have a sense of humour
Looking on the bright side is an indispensable fix-it trait. Sometimes, you just need to get downright silly, especially when things are so bad that the alternative is tears (think a backed-up toilet flooding the hall or a downpour drenching your suit before an important meeting). If negativity clouds the mind, acute stress shackles bright ideas. Break those chains with a little laughter before moving on to the fix.
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