The process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues.
Understanding Problem Solving
There are three steps when solving a problem. The most important and often overlooked first step is defining the problem. We like to think ahead to the easy fix and call it a done deal, but that is usually not the case. We must think about the underlying problem before we can determine the correct solution. Step two is coming up with several solutions to our problem. We must have options to choose from and it is critical that we evaluate those options. Choosing the option that fixes the problem and benefits every party, is the best option. Finally step three is implementing our solution, which can be easier said than done. Sometimes our solutions may require an uncomfortable conversation or a change in our habits but that is OK. Problem solving is rarely going to be sunshine and rainbows.
Approaches to Problem Solving
Think for a moment how we describe our lives. We talk about our lives, our experiences by the changes we go through! Our lives’ energy is never static. It is shifting, it is fluid…it’s changing. Our energy and the energy of the Universe are always in flux. Almost as certain as change is constant, our resistance towards change is expected, as we tend to exhibit little tolerance towards the fluctuations that disrupt our routines. Change is certain and our resistance to it is inevitable. Studies show that change triggers a fear response in us creating a complex physiological/neurological reaction. Our fear is of loss, the unknown, failure, and success, to name a few. In order to adapt, we must think of change as an opportunity or challenge to do better. Ultimately, it is up to you to adopt the attitude of preparing for change, for building resilience so you can be nimble and thrive in the seasons of change.
We each have our own ways of addressing our problems. Some of us go to another person and ask for their opinion, others do research on the internet, some even break out a pen and paper and use the “Pros & Cons” method. Whatever method you may use, there is always one factor involved, creativity! One might think the solution to a problem is black or white, yes or no, right or wrong, but oftentimes the best solution isn’t on the forefront of your mind. Dig deep, ask “what if…”, learn about the problem at hand and look outside the box!
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