Finding solutions to Challenges

Afrinection guest blogger Nikki Viljoen shares her thoughts on finding solutions to challenges.

Here we are looking at some more solutions to challenges around us as individuals and how we view ourselves as either winners or losers.  How we look at ourselves in terms of success or failure and how we can solve some of these issues.

  • Words:  Think about the words that you use.  Change your mindset and instead looking at “problems”, look at ‘challenges’; or ‘opportunities’.  The way that we use words and what they mean to our subconscious minds is very important to how we look at ourselves and how we judge ourselves.

I am sure that we are all aware of the thinking around affirmation and how if we tell ourselves, often enough and long enough, how excellent we are that we will eventually believe it.  Surely then if we continue to say the words “challenges” or “opportunities”, we will start looking for opportunities and finding solutions to challenges!

I sat at a “Women Making a Difference In Africa Conference” when writing this post and recalled that morning, all the speeches had been about ‘doom and gloom’.  My upbeat and optimistic mood of that morning had definitely slipped its moorings and drifted somewhat southwards.  As I looked around the people in the room, the looks on their faces spoke volumes.  Some were bored to tears, others filled with fear, some were angry at what is being said and so on. Personally, my nature is that I refuse to be engulfed in the fear that is all around us.  I refuse to live my life in accordance with what other people desire to do in their own lives. For me it is of the utmost importance to get past the fear and pessimism if I want my life and my life’s purpose to inspire greatness in others.

Next time will be the final part in sharing some of the solutions to the challenges that we may encounter as we all attempt to rise to the challenge.


About the author: Nikki Viljoen is a guest blogger for Afrinection and is the founder of Viljoen Consulting. Her website is and she can be reached on Twitter and Facebook.