Perception is Reality
The way in which we perceive things, defines who we are. You can show the same picture to two different people and each will see a different image.
Here is a image of either a skull, or a lady looking in the mirror. As we grow older, we start to lose our sense of optimism and begin seeing issues that arise as problems. When we have problems, we categorize them into a part of our brain in which we do not like to deal with. I know for myself, I will begin to procrastinate when I have to deal with problems. Rather, I am working on looking at the same issue and seeing it differently. I hope to see it as a solution. I have written before about how attitude is everything. We can allow ourselves to be inundated with problem after problem and feel like we will never make it out alive. Or, we can see issues as an opportunity for a solution. Penicillin was made when Alexander Fleming found mold in a dish and instead of seeing it as a disgusting problem, he saw the solution behind it which has saved the lives of millions.
So, when you wake up in the morning and life throws curve balls at you, start looking for the solution rather than identifying the problem.