Russell Bishop Talks 'Workarounds That Work' (VIDEO)

01/14/2011 03:27 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

How you frame a problem is the problem, says Russell Bishop, Senior Editor at Large of The Huffington Post and author of "Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work."

As soon as you call something a problem, Bishop told ABC News, your brain says, "Oh my God, it's worse than I thought!"

A "workaround" means tailoring the way you think about any roadblock you meet. Instead of calling it a problem, Bishop explains, think of it as a puzzle. "A puzzle has a solution," he says. "It can be fun, and there's something good on the other side."

So how can Bishop's workarounds decrease stress in our lives outside the office? "Very subtly, and very powerfully," he says. When something frustrates you, whether it's your credit card company, bank account, or even your spouse and kids, try to find one small way to to improve the situation. And don't worry about perfection; just get in the right direction. With one small step forward, you'll find two more. "Success breeds success," he says.

Watch Bishop explain the three concepts that you should keep in mind when faced with a roadblock, as well as the one key question that you can ask yourself to solve any problem you may encounter:

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