Life is a complex thing that is always associated with the sense of fulfillment. All our endeavors are geared towards a direction that we have set for ourselves. These are our goals that fuel us up with desire to act to reach our objectives.

Getting the most of what we want in life is not an easy task for there are always problems that try to get between us and our goals.

Facing and solving problems is life’s most common battle. They are but challenges that measure our steadfastness and determination. But beneath every problem is a solution that rewards fulfillment. If avoidance is not possible, problems need to be resolved rather than neglected. It is in solving the problems that causes are won.

Here are some of the ways to solve problems:

1. Establish your goal.

You need to establish a specific goal to determine your purpose. No problem can exist in the absence of an objective. You need to know exactly what and where you want to arrive at in order to properly determine your direction.

For complex problems, it is sometimes necessary to to draw the steps leading to the point that you intend to arrive at. By plotting your moves in algorithm fashion, you will be able to identify potential problems and find ways find ways to address some before they can even occur.

2. Identify and define the problem.

Know or define the problem. Ask yourself what is the problem and try to understand what caused it. This can help you to to find an objective approach to solve the problem at its root.

Make a list of the problems that you have defined and categorize them according their nature, e.g. ordinary, legal, technical, medical, etc.

3. Seek the advice of experts.

This could greatly help in the formulation of very effective solutions to the problems at hand. Expert opinions are most often free of charge. “Hitting the nail on the head” is the best way to solve problems. Allocate a page for every problem so that you can write all the possible solutions to it.

4. Set your priorities.

Identify which are “wants” and which are “musts” in relation to the established objective. Sometimes, our way towards a goal becomes complicated because we tend to prioritize what we want rather than what must be, in order to close the loop.

Musts are the needed factors that make a process most effective. Wants, on the other hand, are personal preferences of the people involved in a certain process, creating a possibility for a deviation which compromises the outcome of process results.

5. Brainstorm for solutions.

Ask for the opinions of others and brainstorm for solutions to the problem. Somebody who might have gone through the same situations in the past can give you an instant solution to your problem.

Problems are not unique, the same problem could occur to different people at different times, and effective solutions may already have been discovered before you encounter it. Asking for free advice from peers and friends is a good and effortless way to solve a problem unless it’s too personal or too private to share.

6. Plan your course of action.

In the identified problems list, write all the proposed approaches, with the most probable solutions on top of the rest.

Plan your course of action with regards to the resources needed to implement the solution, like people, budget, equipment, etc. If you are a manager or a supervisor, communicate the plan to those who will be involved in implementing it. Have the plan implemented and monitor its progress against a pre-determined time-table.

If the solution works, scribble the words “SOLVED” in the same problem list, specifying the current date and placing the list in a specific folder together with the rest of the problem’s pertinent records. If the approach failed, the next alternative should be implemented. Repeat the cycle until a suitable solution is reached.

7. Thank the people who helped you.

Acknowledging the efforts of those who contributed in finding and implementing solutions to our problems is the best reward we can give to the people who in one way or another had extended a hand to bail us out of tight situations. They are the people who helped us grow, learn and attain our goals.

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