You probably do not have to search far to find problems that need solving. Some common problems or problem situations are how to avoid traffic jams, how to stop that engine check light from coming on in your vehicle, how to plan a baby shower, how to exercise more, and many others. Throughout the various type problems we all have from time to time, there are sure fire ways to solve them. Here’s how.
Problems, problems, problems…. Will they ever end?
The upside of problems is the feeling of relief, pride and sense of accomplishment when your problems are solved, either alone or with help from others.
Here is how to get on the right track to solving those perplexing problems.
First of all, remember the famous saying that it’s insane to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Even though there are exceptions, especially when dealing with technology, this statement holds true for most problem situations.
If you tried to solve a problem one way, and it didn’t work, it would behoove you to try something different, even if what you do differently is only slight or minute. A problem that comes to mind is getting flustered when you are in a hurry and you have to wait in a long line. The small adjustment you need to make is to simply allow extra time for waiting in line in order to curb your frustration. The key here is that you are the one who has to make the change — no one else.
That being said, there are five simple steps to solving a problem that you can put in practice right away.
1. Define the Problem. This step may seem obvious, but it may surprise you how often the symptom of a problem is defined instead of the actual problem. For example, suppose you have a problem with dry hands? Did you know that “dry hands” is not the problem, but is a symptom of a bigger problem. The actual problem is dehydration, meaning your body is not taking in enough fluids to resonate in your skin. Of course lotions will work; however, to truly solve the problem you will need to start drinking more fluids.
2. Analyze the Problem. When you study a problem, you must use all your intellectual faculties to really delve into all facets of the problem. Think deeply about the problem, and depending on what the problem is, take a close look at the problem itself. An example is a problem I experienced recently with a glove compartment that would not close. At first, instead of truly analyzing the problem, I kept trying to force the glove compartment shut. The only items in the glove compartment were the car’s manual as well as an electronic device hooked to a cord.
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