What ever problem you are facing, always consider the opposite of things.
Avoiding mistakes is easier than finding the perfect solution. Many challenging problems can be solved by imagining the worst-case solutions and then working on ways to avoid these.
Try this.. drive your brain in reverse.
Say you want to grow professionally in your career. This is a complex problem. There are many possible pathways to success.
Try inverting. Consider the exact opposite of the problem.
How do I end up professionally unfulfilled?
Make a list of actions that someone focused on the reverse goal of avoiding career growth will engage in. Your list may include things like –
+ plays hooky
+ blames others
+ avoids learning, etc.
Now ask yourself what you can do to avoid these missteps.
Success is mostly about avoiding mistakes.