Problem Solving Starts With Optimism
How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that that problem leads to a dead end?
How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve? No leads. No options. No solutions.
Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large and unconquerable?
When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.
But Rejoice! There Might Be Some Hope Yet!
With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.
First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.
Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.
1. Understand the problem. Maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral to solving the problem. If you know how it works and what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.
Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.
2. Let go of assumptions. Try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.
3. Break your problem down into smaller parts. Try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them.
The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.
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