Like any skill, not everyone is at the same level of ability when it comes to problem-solving. Even if you believe that you have a tight hold on tackling the unexpected, you are always capable of advancing this skill.
Problem solving goes beyond simply a one-step solution. While you more than likely want to arrive at your solution in a timely fashion, there are quite a few steps to take into account to reach a successful resolution.
Trust the process.
You must have the right mindset before putting forth any effort. Oftentimes, we get so frustrated in the search for a solution that it is the very thing inhibiting our ability to get there. If you don’t believe in yourself and the people around you to tackle the problem, then you are preventing yourself, the people around you, and the company from growing. Have a little faith—no matter how large of a problem you are facing.
What’s the problem?
If you cannot clearly define the problem, you won’t end up with an effective solution. This seems fairly obvious, but it is often the most forgotten step during the problem-solving process. Instead, we tend to jump right to the conclusion which hinders our ability to reach an effective solution.
Speak up. Even ifs someone says “hey, I’m not sure about that,” you never know. It could be the stepping stone that could lead you to a more concise solution. And if you firmly believe in a solution, prove why. Don’t abandon it so quickly.
Failing is okay.
Sometimes you have to fail a few times. This can help you come up with trial solutions in order to identify the most effective remedy for what you are trying to accomplish.
You are bound to stumble as you press forward in the problem-solving process. In fact, mistakes are inevitable. Accept this, and embrace it. The more open minded you are, the quicker you will arrive at your destination.
Remember to reflect.
Take a look back at what worked, what didn’t, and what you will do differently if another problem arises. This can help you in the future when you’re bound to come across another problem.
Lastly, remember to take pride in what you have accomplished. Not everyone remembers to look back at how far they have come. Pat yourself on the back periodically to keep yourself confident and motivated to tackle future problems.
By keeping these strategies in mind, you can be the person who creates change to better yourself, the people around you, and the company you stand for.