It is always tempting to use our past history to confirm what we expect is going on. If there are enough similar pieces of the puzzle, it's easier to say "I know this puzzle" and act as if what has come before has come again. But this shortcut keeps us locked in our history. It leaves no room for our own growth or the subtle differences that could offer a hint at where a new solution might be found.
Look for even the smallest differences you can find in this situation, this time... and then expand upon them. New solutions to "old" problems can come to your awareness much faster this way. Even if they don't, at least you won't be adding to the mountain of "this always (or this never) happens to me" stories that keep you locked up in yesterday.
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