If you're like a lot of entrepreneurs, there are times when you feel like you're trapped inside of a giant pinball machine. And you're the ball.

You believe in your work and you love being your own boss, but those hugely positive points don't erase the stresses and frustrations that invariably come up. So you bounce back and forth between highs and lows, ultimately risking a case of entrepreneur fatigue.

It's important to anticipate the low moments, but even more important to know how to respond to them. These three steps can help you do that, and help you avoid burning out.

1. It's not a problem. It's gift wrapping.

A problem only exists because there's a key point of tension. Once that's been resolved, your business is in better, leaner and stronger shape than it was beforehand. So each problem that arises has a gift hidden inside of it--the opportunity to improve your business.

Your most annoying prospect's questions can teach you something about all of your prospects. After all, if he's confused, there's a good chance that others are too. Similarly, your most difficult salesperson isn't just saying he wants more money--he's telling you that you need to adjust your expectations and your pay structures. Doing so will motivate your whole team.

Problems are opportunities in disguise, and the wrinkles you run into as you grow your business are the keys to making it better. You will become a stronger, sharper entrepreneur once you see the snags for what they are.

2. It's not a problem. It's a puzzle.

Why did you become an entrepreneur? In all likelihood, you recognized a problem, and the urge to solve it was the inspiration for starting your own business.

Put that same solutions-oriented mindset to work. When something a client or employee does detracts from your business, don't take it personally. It will only dilute your ability to be objective and rational. Maintain enough mental and emotional distance to see over, around and through the roadblock. You and your business will be better off for it.

Every snag you run into is a chance to learn, and every problem you encounter is a puzzle waiting to be solved. The right solution will eliminate the chance of it coming up again.

3. Stay grateful.

If you're having any of these problems, there's good news--they're problems only successful entrepreneurs have. You're not worrying about making payroll, securing funding or any other threat to your company's day-to-day existence. Instead, your challenge is learning to overcome the hurdles of a business that's growing bigger, better, and leaner.

Each problem offers valuable insight into a personnel issue or a procedural breakdown, and every entrepreneur should be grateful for each one. It's something I remind myself of often, and I think we all need to be reminded of it from time to time.