Einstein famously said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Recently, I heard author and psychologist Dr. Dicken Bettinger share some of his own wisdom that reminded me of this quote by Mr. Einstein.

Dr. Bettinger said: “If you have a problem, stop thinking about it. When you stop thinking about it, you’ll feel better. And when you feel better, suddenly you’ll get common sense. When you get common sense, you’ll know what to do about the problem.”

That was such a sparkling gem of wisdom, that when I heard it I had to pause the video of his talk, rewind, then replay it while fastidiously jotting down his words in my notebook.

It’s such a simple concept, but easily overlooked. Especially when dealing with a problem. Especially if you think you’re a smartypants brainiac, who tries to think his way through any and all problems, like myself. It’s refreshing to realize that the reason the thinking approach always seems to be so hard, is because it’s actually impossible.

Thinking about the problem keeps you stuck to the problem, which is the opposite of the solution. And as these two esteemed gentlemen point out, it’s best to just give all of that thinking a rest.

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