Facing The Challenges – Finding The Solutions

Being able to solve problems and find workable solutions is a powerful success skill. Whether in our personal or professional lives, facing a challenge and being able to find positive and workable answers, takes an emotional and physical commitment to being proactive and results-oriented.

According to scientists and psychologists, problem solving is considered the most complex of all intellectual functions. I know from personal experience it is not so easy to be in the middle of a challenge and find well thought out solutions. After all, we are only human and often we allow the emotional side of a situation to take over our thoughts and actions.

We’ve all used various techniques to solve our challenges in life – some were negative and others were more positive. Here are few examples:

Positive solutions: Brain storming, mind mapping, research, pros and cons analysis, trial and error.

Negative solutions: Lashing out verbally, emotionally or physically, running away, sulking, or quitting.

So, how can we nonscientists solve our day-to-day challenges with workable win-win solutions? Here are a few positive and productive steps for becoming more proactive with our problem solving.

1. Define the problem. Sounds simple enough but, there are times when you are in the middle of a challenge that you literally cannot see the forest for the trees. Take pen and paper and write as if you were explaining the challenge to a complete stranger. How would you describe this challenge to someone you’ve never met?

2. Explain why this is a problem for you. Defining the problem is one thing, but giving it intellectual meaning is another. Take the “emotion” out of this challenge. Explain in detail why this situation is a problem for you.

3. What would be an “ideal” solution?
If you could wave a magic wand and make everything perfect, what would be your perfect solution? Why is that an ideal solution? In the “real world,” is this solution feasible? If yes, when can you begin working toward the solution? If not, what are the alternatives?

4. Is there anything you can do about this challenge now? What can you do today to begin finding a solution? Are you ready to stop fretting and start working toward a positive resolution?

5. Write out a plan of positive action. What are you willing to do to find a workable solution to your problem? What are you willing to do first, second and third? When are you willing to begin implementing your plan?

A challenge remains a challenge if you are unwilling or unable to sit down and logically find workable solutions. The bottom line is that you have choices – you can be proactive or reactive to life’s problems. Wouldn’t you agree that being proactive with a challenge is better than allowing the negativity of a challenge to consume your thoughts or even your life.

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