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How To Improve & Strengthen Your Problem Solving Skills

Improve your Problem Solving Skills

In reality, we are constantly solving problems. The more we improve our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives become.  Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be trivial, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems – ranging from ‘What to prepare for dinner tonight? to ‘Which route should I take to get to my remote business meeting? to’How to get my project back on track?’ and to ‘How to change from an uninspiring job to a career that i am really passionate about?’.

As the world becomes more complex and fast-moving, the ability to find the cause of complex problems then solve them will become increasingly vital. Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices and making decisions. 

No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, it all comes back to your ability to solve problems.  So, if you need to improve your problem solving skills in response to this growing demand for problem solvers, we share a few practical tips below.

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How To Improve & Strengthen Your Problem Solving Skills

1 | THINK ABOUT SOLUTIONS - NOT THE PROBLEMS

Research shows that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem. If you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

Instead of ignoring the problem, acknowledge the problem; and then quickly move your focus to a solution-oriented resource-focused mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be and what resources you could utilize to get there, rather than lingering and remaining stuck on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

2 | APPLY THE 5 WHYS TO GET DOWN TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM

5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem. 

By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times. You can find an example here.

So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just try to cure the symptoms of the problem – and not the root cause of it.

3 | MAKE THINGS LEAN AND SIMPLE

You might be familiar with he saying: ‘The simple (little) things in life matter most‘? As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated and complex than they need to be! Try to lean out and simplifying your problem by generalizing it. Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! 

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4 | BRAINSTORM SOLUTIONS - AS MANY AS YOU CAN

Brainstorm to come up with  all possible – even seemingly ridiculous – solutions  – there are no limits. Go as crazy as you can! It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions. It’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

5 | LOOK AT THE PROBLEM FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way from different perspectives. Visualise it! You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite! Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

6 | OPEN UP YOUR THOUGHTS

Lead your thought process with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’  and ‘what would be different if…’  or ‘how could I make things worse …? …..These example terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions. Avoid closed, negative language or questions such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’ or ‘I can’t do it…?’ .

Years of education, solving tough problems, handling complex issues, yet we take a while standing before glass doors thinking whether to Push or Pull.

ASHLEY SWEENEY

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There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice. Try to view problems as choices and decisions! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

Our Personal Development Self Coaching Programs and Rapid Results Programs help you to make your best interests a priority in your life.

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