How about problem solving in life?
Can you imagine a life without problems?
This question would appear absurd to many of us, as we know that it is impossible to stay away from problems in our personal or professional life. I agree that we cannot have life free of problems but if we change our attitude towards them, we can make our life better.
We have to accept these two things about problems –
1. They will be there all the time.
2. They are the opportunities in disguise.
“Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.”- James F. Byrnes
Why do we feel bad about problem solving?
We all have the tendency to play safe and not accept challenges, as there won’t be any repercussions, in case we fail. Many of us never try to solve the problem and just chase it away for the time being. It is not possible to chase the problem away all the time. They may keep on repeating and may eat up most of our resources.
Problem solving can be learnt and practiced over the period of time. Solving problems is important as we deal with them everywhere in professional and personal life. Some may say that problem solving is a natural talent, but not. It is like leadership, leaders can be both born and made. We are not born problem solvers, but can learn how to approach the problems and solve them to excel in life. If we think thoroughly, the problems when solved leave us with better options and make our life better. In reality problems are making us think for the better options and help in fixing the things to do a better job.
Interpersonal relations and business fail because of poor problem solving. The reason could be problems not being identified or if identified, not dealt correctly. Problem solving skills are needed for one’s personal and professional life. It is one of the most sought after skills by the employers these days.
How to proceed with problem solving?
To begin with we must have a positive approach towards the problems. We should consider them as a challenge/situation. As the moment we use the word problem our approach gets negative and we are not able to look beyond that. Although all problems appear different whether they are personal or professional, in reality they are not. Using these steps one can easily solve any problem –
1. Identify the problem
Knowing the problem, is very important for solving a problem. We must know what we are dealing with and must understand it thoroughly. If the problem is not clearly diagnosed all the efforts will be in vain.
It is said that the problem well stated is half solved.
2. Find the cause of the problem
On identifying the problem, get to the root cause. We must understand the cause that is resulting in the problem.
This will help in preventing the future occurrence of the problem.
3. Find the possible solutions
This is the critical part as it requires a lot of patience. In the beginning we may have a feeling that no solution is there but, trust me there are always multiple solutions for a problem. We must brainstorm to find all the possible solutions.
A quick tip here is to detach yourself emotionally from the problem and think for the possible solutions.
4. Selecting the most appropriate solution
After listing all the possible solutions, analyze the pros and cons of each to find the best one.
There can be more than one solutions for the problem, select the best suited.
You have the solution handy, don’t take much time to implement it, as delaying will make the problem worse or may generate a new problem.
We humans are very emotional and because of that our judgement becomes biased. So, it is required to keep our emotions at par while brainstorming for finding the possible solution or in other words consider you are not a part of the problem i.e. detaching yourself from the situation or problem.
I understand this may not seem easy, but it is better to solve a problem then to live with the problem and we cannot always avoid the problems. With the passage of time we will become good at this and will be converting all the challenges into opportunities.