How To Solve Problems In Life [All Of Them]: The Definitive Guide

This article has everything you need to know about how to solve problems in life. The problem solving process involves the ability to logically think through a situation or issue in search for a solution(s) to solve the problem. A problem is a gap between a current condition of what is and what must be, should be, or could be.

Problems are solved effectively using a systematic approach. Using the systematic approaches will cause the increase in high levels of effectiveness to solve problems. It is important to know and remember that the problem solving process involves a set of principles with steps to follow and each principle step is affected by many factors than can influence the outcome of a situation or issue.

A problem exists when situation in life fails to meet the expectations of what a person wants in his or her life. The principles needed for increasing the wanted outcome in life, are identifying the problem, and fixing the problem with improve or new solutions. Problem solving and decision making can involve any issue or task that needs to be resolve.

In order or solutions to be more effective, emotions must not rule over logic clear thinking. It is very important that emotions do not take over the decision making process.

How To Solve Problems In Life:

The First Rule of Problem Solving

The first thing to do is to define the problem and make sure it is a real problem, particularly your problem and not someone else’s problem or someone else’s fault. Approaching the problem for answers using the what, where, when, why, how and who questions of the current situation.

If the problem is too big or overwhelming, step back and stay calm, and analyze small pieces of information pertaining to the problem. Manage the problem using levels of priorities pertaining to which one needs to be addressed or responded to first using common sense and learned procedures or training. Remember there is nothing new under the sun and keep a positive mind and approach that the problem can be solved and may take time.

Analyze the problem from all angles is very important in clearly defining the problem and ensuring that best solutions to be presented. Collect all the information as you can about the problem to continue to analyze the extent of the problem and do not make any early impulsive decisions for final solution. Use self-discipline and write down a list of solutions that may be used while you are brainstorming.

This process can be completed by you or with the assistance of other people using the methods earlier stated. Be creative and open to new ideas, beginnings, and plans of actions. Ask yourself what is the risk for each solution and possibility of it working? Explore all the possibilities by asking these questions and analyze the cost and resources that are involved in implementing the solutions.

What is required for you to do and others need to do. What is the time frame needed for implementation and follow up? Complete the implementation and follow up to complete the problem solving process. Make sure that you continue to maintain a record or awareness of the aspects of the problem solving process.

Get the agreement from all the people involved in the problem solving process, establish a task schedule and time frame to continue to monitor the progress for an evaluation of the outcome to see if the solution is working.

Steps for Problem Solving

1. Define and Identify the Problem

This first step is critical. It is essential to clearly understand the problem so that all energy will be focused in the same direction. Define the problem by writing down a concise statement which summarizes the problem, write down where you want to be after the problem has been resolved. Get as much information about the problem as possible.

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2. Analyze the Problem

In this stage of problem solving, questions should be asked and information gathered and sifted. It is essential to spend some time researching the problem.

Questions to Ask When Analyzing the Problem:

What is the problem and how long has it existed? How serious is the problem? What are the causes of the problem? What are the effects of the problem? What are the symptoms of the problem? What methods are available for dealing with the problem? What are the limitations of those methods? How much time is needed for gathering information and needed to solve the problem? What are the challenges in achieving the goal? Can the problem be divided into smart and large parts for definition and analysis?

3. Identify Possible Solutions

Identifying possible solutions to the problem objective is to complete a list of all conceivable alternatives to the problem. Using a variety of creative techniques can produce an extensive list of possible solutions.

Viewing Problems from a Different Perspective

As a leader, you can’t be surprised by problems. The best you can do is to be prepared for them. One of the ways a leader prepares is to have the right perspective when problems occur. The questions you ask about the problem has a way of shaping the perspective you have toward the problem. What do I need to do differently to solve this problem? What is keeping me from solving this problem? What will solving this problem make possible? What kind of story do I want to tell a year from now about this problem?

Solving Problems as a Leader

Are you a leader or a follower? When faced with a difficult problem, how do you react? How you face problems is one of the critical factors that help determine how successful you will be in life. It is also one of the key qualities of a leader! Leaders solve problems – followers go to leaders to get their problems solved.

The first thing to do when faced with a problem is to know there is an answer to the problem. Do not worry about the problem and work towards the answer will keep you in control of the situation by keeping attitudes and thoughts under control. Collect all the facts about the problem and know that most problems are not as big as they appear to be.

The examination of the facts will help you find a better solution. Decide if this really a problem that needs solving? How bad is the problem? What is the worst thing could happen if the problem is ignored? If the problem does need solving, what actions are needed to solve the problem. Brainstorm all the ideas and write them down to use for solutions to solve the problems in the future.

Consider the use of research to better solve the problem, search the internet, ask questions and read books. Use leadership by being decisive and selecting a solution, and implement it. For high priority problems do not be afraid to use some a quick fix solution is needed, which can be followed by a long-term solution to fix the problem.

If the problem is too big, seek assistance from support teams. Know when to let go of problems and used systematic approaches to solve your problems. Break the problems into small steps and components to track the progress of each one at a time. Test and monitor the solutions that are implemented, and do not be frustrated by any setbacks or failures, but continue to solve problems with integrity and honesty.

Solving Problems Effectively In Marriage/Relationships

Conflict happens; it’s a normal part of any relationship. Problems themselves are not necessarily a sign that a marriage or relationship is in trouble. Dealing with problems in unhealthy ways, however, is a signal of a troubled relationship. If a couple cannot develop an effective strategy for addressing problems, the result will be a backlog of unresolved issues, leading to bitterness, resentment and the breakdown of the relationship.

Most individuals are very poor problem solvers, primarily because they dislike any form of conflict or confrontation. Successful problem solving involves the ability of two people to listen intentionally as each shares their needs and concerns and to respond to what is shared with understanding and acceptance. A trademark of all maladaptive approaches to conflict is the lack of listening and responding positively to the needs expressed.

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Problem Solving With Teenagers

As children become teenagers, they’ll come across problems they need to sort out themselves. You won’t always be there to give your child advice, but you can help him develop skills and strategies so he can solve problems on his own. Everybody needs to solve problems every day. But we’re not born with the skills we need to do this – we have to develop them.

When solving problems, it’s good to be able to: listen and think calmly, consider options and other people’s needs find constructive solutions and, sometimes, work towards compromises. These abilities are highly valued in both social and work situations – they’re skills for life. When teenagers learn skills and strategies to sort out problems and resolve conflicts by themselves, they feel more confident and independent.

They’re also better placed to make good decisions on their own. Problems can often be solved by talking and compromising. When you’re working on a problem with your child, it’s a good idea to do it when everyone’s calm and can think clearly, your child will be more likely to want to find a solution. Try to find a time when you won’t be interrupted.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my article about how to solve problems in life. I sincerely hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here