Problems can be difficult to solve when we only know the issue and none of the steps to fix it. Sometimes it's even more daunting to figure out what those steps are at all. This guide will help you take just about any problem and figure out a plan to solve it and stay motivated when handling long-term issues. Some problems, such as fixing a broken computer, can be pretty easy to solve if you have the right knowledge. Others, such as figuring out what you want to do with your life, can be very overwhelming because that answer is unique to you and takes time and experience to resolve—not to mention several other complications. Nonetheless, you can find solutions to simple and difficult problems alike by approaching them a particular way. While this approach to problem-solving isn't the only way, it's one way I've found particularly effective. Here are the basic steps you need to take to go from problem to solution:
Understand the Problem, so you know you're actually focusing on the the real issue at hand.
Create a Plan, so you have a series of actionable steps to follow.
Keep Yourself Motivated, so you don't give up or get frustrated when it takes a while to successfully resolve the problem.
In this guide we'll go over each step in detail and use each steps to solve a bizarre dilemma.
Understand the Problem
Understanding the problem you’re trying to solve is often the most difficult step because it’s easy to focus on the wrong part of the problem, or look at the problem too broadly. For example, if you’re sick you may see the problem as being sick. You may be able to get more specific and say that you feel congested. The problem of congestion is more specific and therefore a bit better than knowing your sick, but it’s a symptom that applies to many different illnesses and can’t reveal the exact problem. You may have a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies, etc., but this one piece of information won’t tell you enough to be sure. The problem is, both illness and congestion seem like the problems you want to solve because they’re the things that are bothering you, but by seeking to solve either issue you’re essentially taking shots in the dark. In order to properly understand the problem you have and make a real effort to solve it, you need to figure out what the problem really is. You need to break the problem down into its simplest form.
Let’s look at another example.