Thursday, April 12, 2012

No Problem! E.M.Hanley book makes problem solving so much easier!

Yes! You are in control - Solve your own problems your way

When Elizabeth Hanley talks about problem solving, you can hear, see and feel the passion of her convictions. She shines.

She was faced with a layoff from a dream job, evicted from her rental place and the writing was on the wall with her boyfriend at the same time. She was so down and depressed she took off from work, crawled in bed and hid beneath the covers. She slept till noon and finally switched on the TV and through her tears heard Dr. Phil ask if, ‘if you were the owner of your own business and you had a manager who was running the business into the ground, would you keep hiring them or fire that person?’  

Then continued: ‘You are the manager of your life, are you getting the results you want out of life? Are you achieving happiness, health, success or are you miserable, unhealthy and feel like a failure? Would you keep hiring yourself or would you fire yourself?’

“Oh I am so fired!” she realized, and the light bulb went on when he explained ‘you need to require more of yourself’.  She realized she needed to fire the old me and get the new me started on better managing her life. Being a librarian, she embarked on a nearly obsessive research effort that would bring about a personal evolution and transformation. 

Her new book, No Problem! How to Focus on Solutions captures the wisdom and essence of her most important and helpful discoveries and guidance about how to thrive and not just survive.

“Problems were sucking the joy out of my life and I was letting it happen. After sinking into and soaking up the works and teachings of the many masters I found, I came to the conclusion that I could simplify what I needed to do into four simple tips. This became my basic simple ‘problem solving guide’ which I could use for the more tricky problems”.

Here they are:

  1. Define – see it as it is.
  2. Own – take control and feel the power.
  3. Truth - see the truth and the path to a solution becomes clearer.
  4. Balance - see the bigger picture, so problems will not keep you stuck in a rut.

One of the most important things she realized is this:

“You do not react to the events in your life – you react to your thinking about the event.”  

When you jump into your car, it’s a given that someone is going to make a mistake and cause a problem. You can expect that and accept that it is going to happen. The real question is how you are going to react to them.

Using the four tips help move you from negative thinking onto helpful thinking more quickly and easily so you can focus on solutions. You can wake up each morning and say to yourself that you know problems are going to happen. You can say to yourself that you won’t let them control you.  Then you can take control and focus on the solutions to the problem with a cool head.

There will always be problems.  Live with them, not in them.


No Problem! How to Focus on Solutions
Elizabeth Hanley

List $24.95 Trade softcover 208 pages Livre Publishing ISBN 978-0-9775872-4-7  
Workbook and CD - ROM also available.

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Disagree & Stay in Love - Tips for Fighting Fair

  1. Take it to a private place & keep it private.
  2. No put-downs or name calling. Say ‘sorry’ ASAP. Tackle the problem, not the person.
  3. Ask for what you want, instead of complaining about what you don’t want.
  4. If you feel you are going to lose your temper – WALK AWAY! Return when you are calm.
  5. If you win & your partner loses, this means you lose! End arguments in a good spirit. Kiss and make up, let it go or seek help.

Tips from No Problem! By Elizabeth Hanley

About the Author

Elizabeth Hanley is a Librarian who has worked in public and educational libraries and some
specialist libraries. She has a degree in Library and Information Science from Queensland
University of Technology, Australia.

What People Are Saying

“No problem! Helped me look at my problems differently. I didn’t feel stressed or overwhelmed, I was able to keep my focus on solutions. Seeing my problems in a different way opened up new solutions to me."

-          Jenny Chen, Teacher

“No problem! Has a very down to earth practical approach to solving issues that seem beyond our control.  It doesn’t blame you for the problem, but gently takes your hand and leads you in the right direction, making you feel in control and in charge.”

-          Henriette Menday, Personal Assistant

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for mailing a copy of your book. Like yourself I have read dozens of inspiring books over the years, but find myself with a head full of insight and knowledge, not quite knowing how to apply what I have learnt. Your book is a winner, and throughout my life I have always found the most powerful tools and helpers are always the things that contain great simplicity."

-          Rebecca Sladek, Counsellor

“If you’re looking for a simple approach to solving problems, then this book is for you.”

-          Dr. Timothy Sharp, Psychologist, founder The Happiness institute

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