turn-problems-into-possibilitiesWe’ve all had those times when our world seems flooded with problems.  When everything that could go wrong, did just that.

The very idea that you can turn your problems into possibilities simply isn’t on your radar.

And it’s easy to fall apart under the pressure.

So we look for ways to avoid problems at all costs.

Pushing things to one side because we’re not ready to deal with them yet.

Keeping out the way of people we’re just not ready to deal with right now.

Ignoring challenges or pretending they don’t exist isn’t the answer.  Especially when there is a way to turn to turn your problems into possibilities.

Viewing problems from this perspective helped me when I was given a diagnosis that made my risk of a life threatening illness seventy five percent more likely.

It helped me when I was emotionally and spiritually lost after the death of my husband.

Looking at how I could turn problems into possibilities has helped me in my work, my relationships, in fact every aspect of a life that is often inclined to throw curve balls our way. It might be a great test of character, but for my part I wish life would just stop it!

I’m not going to pretend it’s always easy to turn our problems into possibilities. You wouldn’t believe me anyway. But the very fact that it can be done should at the very least encourage you to try.

1. Awaken your inner champion

We are all part of something greater than ourselves.  Our connection with the universe shouldn’t be such a mystery to us…cultures have tapped into this source, this energy, for centuries. And discovered that its power is within us too.

You have an inner champion, an inner energy or power.  You might not call it this…but it’s this energy that drives the garage based entrepreneur to discover new ways to expand his fledgling business, that moves the exhausted mother to drive her children to various after school activities. Heck to get them up in the morning and feed them.

Whatever problems or situations we find ourselves in we can make them easier or simpler or better by awakening that inner champion energy.

As we tap into our champion energy we are starting to make a new agreement with our reality.  A new reality where we know we can expand who we are, and look beyond our challenges to the possibilities that lie hidden in the darkness of every problem.  

 That’s how I survived emotional and physical abuse and that’s why I’m still standing.  And little by little you can do this too until you begin to master the cosmic dance that is the game of life.

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2. The cosmic game where you can turn your problems into possibilities

The aim of the cosmic game is to live totally, to experience as much of life as possible, to experience as much of your whole being as possible, to become awake . This means we’re playing for higher stakes.

And being willing to step into the universal game wholeheartedly means you’re just one blink away from being fully aware; fully awake.  

The cosmic game of becoming aware is a powerful one. One in which we stop making up negative stories of our life. Stories that leave us freaking out.  Like the story I told myself about some dental issues I’d been having.  If you’d listened to me, I’d have been a toothless hag within a year!

The there’s the assumptions we make…not based on anything other than our imagination…until they become a truth, at least to us, and we speak that truth as a fact.  When all the time it was the work of an over active imagination.

I’m guilty of this one, more than I’d like to admit to you!  What can I say, I have a vivid imagination, which is both a blessing and a curse since it works against me just as easily as on my behalf.

It’s time to bring yourself to a state where the faculties of memory and imagination work for you not against you.

Where you genuinely can view problems as solutions waiting to happen.  Where you really are playing the cosmic game at a high level. And where you can absolutely turn your problems into possibilities.

And you can do this dear ones.  Truly.  You are capable of so much more than you have ever dreamed.

3. Imagination and memories

The moment you give power to your assumptions or the stories you tell it’s easy for your mind to make your stories more real than real.

Think of it this way. You go to the movies; what are they other than light and sound? A two dimensional experience. But the impact can seem bigger than life. It seems this way because your imagination, your thoughts, and your emotions get caught up in the two dimensional experience called a movie.

We exist in the world we know as reality and enter this second dimensional world called a movie.  And then we respond and react as if it were true and real. Our stomach is in knots, or we’re crying, or scared out of our wits. Depending on the movie. But it isn’t real!

There is magic and profound power in your mind and you are an incredibly powerful, creative being because of it. You can turn your problems into possibilities by simply tapping into this power in the world of reality and using it in a constructive way.

You’re learning how to turn your problems into possibilities.

Your mind makes up stories all the time, sometimes based on nothing more than an assumption that something could be true, and since your mind can clearly accept things that aren’t real or true,  you can use this magic to create a mental reality that’s more to your liking. A reality where problems are nothing more than possibilities.

Stay away from pessimists, steer clear of complainers, whiners, and those who have a poor-me mentality. They just fuel the thoughts that problems are, well…problems.


Align yourself with books and seminars and ideas of greatness, of problem solvers, of others who, with problems of far greater scale than yours, have somehow turned every one of them into new, fresh possibilities.

Before long the actions you take, the thoughts you think, the possibilities that were always available to you become clear. And you’ll find yourself operating in the world in a completely different way.

Last thoughts on how to turn your problems into possibilities

Whatever conclusions you have about yourself, the problems or people around you, give them up tonight.

Tomorrow morning wake up and look at everything with fresh eyes.

See if you can maintain this for the first hour after awaking.

It takes a bit of effort, but once you start to do this you will not miss a single possibility.

You will notice that so much is available to you. And where others see nothing you will see all kinds of things, where people see problems you will see possibilities.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. This post could not be more timely, Elle. I’ve had problems pile up one right after the other the last few days. I’m definitely calling on my inner champion, remember a time when I felt strong because right now it would be tempting to cave into feeling weak, helpless, and small. I know all of this is impermanent though and these are just mundane problems. Thanks for your encouragement. I will persist!

    • Hi Sandra…a big hug to you for your indomitable spirit. I know just what you mean…one thing after another is enough to cause a saint to falter. If there’s anything I can do to help…I’m always here for you. 🙂

  2. Great post Elle, I’m currently considering this: Stay away from pessimists, steer clear of complainers, whiners, and those who have a poor-me mentality. Thanks for such a great piece

    • Hi Cephas, lovely to see you here. Sounds like you have an awesome plan…I’m working on turning everything I hear into a positive idea in my mind…we’ll see how well that turns out. But meanwhile it might just be part of the cosmic game! 🙂

  3. I just love the idea that where others see problems, we see possibilities! As you have correctly pointed out, it is not always possible or easy but it can be done! I’m one example of shifting into a more powerful paradigm!

    • There’s some powerful comments right here Evelyn…and we’d love to hear more about your shift into a more powerful paradigm. We’re always open to guest contributors, any time you have something you’d like to share. 🙂

  4. Joseph Appaloosa

    Another great article, Elle !
    “Imagination and memories” – lately in my mindfulness, I have begun to discern most of my memories as fluff that take up way too much space and time. So rather than spend my time in memory, I’d rather invest my time in imagination.
    Memories, though some are very pleasant, keep me in a state of inertia. Whereas imagination has me moving forward.
    Write on, Elle !

    • Once again Joseph I’m enthralled with your wise words. “Memories keep me in a state of inertia…whereas imagination has me moving forward.” That is one powerful, profound statement. Thank you as always for sharing your thoughts with us. 🙂

  5. Elle,

    Thank you for this inspiring post. If we all realized that most of our anxiety and stress is made by how we think about what happens – not what actually happens. I could not agree more with this:

    “The moment you give power to your assumptions or the stories you tell it’s easy for your mind to make your stories more real than real.”

    When I quit letting my “mind movies” control my reality, my life changed for the better.

    • That’s so awesome Debbie. I love that you changed your life for the better by being master of your mind and not allowing it to master you. Love hearing that! 🙂

  6. I do wake with the magic of what today will bring. Love the idea of possibilities arising from problems. Elle your quote “the ones who always find what they are looking for in life are always the complainers and faultfinders” – was this what you mean to say? Doesn’t make sense to me , just wondering? xxx

    • Hi Suzie…how awesome that you awake to the magic of the day. And yes the quote is just what I meant to say…that the people who find fault, the complainers and whiners will always find something to find fault with, complain and whine about. Energy attracts energy. 🙂

  7. Hi Elle

    Wonderful post, you pack so much in there. Well, every morning I wake up i see a wonderful world of possibilities…once I’ve had enough coffee:)

    • Hi Zeenat, thanks for taking the time to comment and for your kind words. I appreciate them. 🙂

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