reframe challenges

Reframe Challenges

Shift your perspective on challenges or obstacles, viewing them as opportunities for growth to promote resilience.


Achieve inner calm by changing your perspective on challenges & obstacles in life.


Feeling overwhelmed by the difficulties life throws at you, leading to stress and unease. Specific issues include:

  • Frustration from repeatedly facing similar challenges 😩
  • Pressure caused by a perceived inability to overcome obstacles
  • Discouragement due to negative experiences or setbacks


Reframe challenges by viewing them as opportunities for growth and learning.

In a nutshell:

  1. Identify the challenge or problem you are facing
  2. Acknowledge the emotions it evokes and accept them
  3. Think about potential positive outcomes or lessons learned from the situation
  4. Reframe the challenge in a more positive light, focusing on these outcomes
  5. Act on the reframed perspective and observe how it changes your experience

My Take

Reframing challenges is an absolutely fundamental, effective mental technique. I make use of it in my everyday work as a product manager, where I am frequently faced with initially intimidating tasks.

To me, this kind of reframing essentially starts with embracing the challenge and recognizing that I’m already giving it my best – which is all I can offer anyway. Acknowledging that I’m doing my best makes everything more manageable and easy-going. 🤙

Worst-case scenarios we envision for challenges are often (👉 99%) only in our heads. By understanding this – based on a good portion of life experience meanwhile – I’ve learned to let go of those pretty exaggerated fears and focus on the reality of the situation.

Such a simple shift in mindset to the positive – or just being pragmatic – helps to counteract stress and to promote relaxation 😌

So, when faced with challenges, I now concentrate more on the potential benefits and growth opportunities the event presents. Reframing a situation in a more positive light and thinking about potential outcomes requires some practice. Yes. But a new perspective can significantly impact overall mental well-being, and it definitely can reduce nervousness. That’s what I’ve learned from it.

I am not perfect at all with this whole thing yet (far away, actually), but it’s getting better and better over time 🕰️


  • Facilitates personal growth
  • Improves problem-solving skills
  • Applicable to various situations
  • Leads to increased positivity and resilience


  • May require practice to master 👨‍🎓
  • Could be difficult to implement during intense emotional situations


I have been practicing this technique for a couple of years now, but still, it’s not always easy. Here are a few learnings:

  • Start small: reframing smaller everyday challenges to build your skill is easier before tackling larger issues. For example, if you’re stuck in traffic, instead of getting frustrated, you can view it as an opportunity to practice patience or catch up on your favorite podcast or good music 🎶 … you have only one life to live – make the best out of any situation 🙂
  • Look back: I remind myself of past successes when faced with similar challenges. This boosts confidence and helps me approach the current challenge with a more positive mindset.
  • Get feedback: I often share my reframed perspective with a friend or family member. Receiving new perspectives or motivation from others can assist in maintaining a positive outlook toward the challenge at hand.
  • Combine it: I use very simple affirmations or visualizations to reinforce the positive aspects of the challenge. Nothing complicated. For instance, if I’m worried about an upcoming presentation, I loosely visualize myself confidently (and smiling) delivering it and imagine the audience engaged and receptive. I have tried this several times, and to some sufficient extent, this really helps.
  • Seek guidance: If I struggle to reframe a challenge independently, I seek guidance from good friends. In almost all cases, they have been able to offer valuable advice, helping me to develop new ways of approaching challenges. They also tell you about their challenges and how they struggled, which makes it more “normal.”
  • Expand: I noticed that you can practice reframing challenges in various aspects of your life, such as work, relationships, or personal growth. The broader view helps to build resilience and maintain a more positive outlook in many areas.
  • Write it down 📒 When I experimented with this technique for the first time, I kept a journal to track my progress in reframing challenges. So I wrote down the situations I faced, how I reframed them, and the outcomes. This resource can be valuable to reflect on and learn from as you continue practicing this technique. I am not doing this anymore, but it might help in the beginning (also depends more on personal preferences, I’d say).