Problems are a part of everyday life’s struggles, solving them on the other hand can be a totally different ball game. Faced with a problem people have diverse approaches to solving them. While most people panic and wish it would just go away, most people follow it up pragmatically. Regardless, problem solving skills are a necessity and to be able to effortlessly solve problems you need these 6 Easy steps:

1. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM

What are you trying to solve? What is this problem about? What are the causes of the problem? What is this problem asking of me? Defining the problem helps you create a goal for it. If you do not know what the problem is about, you cannot create a solution for it.

2. SET A TIMELINE

See the Challenges as set goals to be achieved or mountains to be conquered. When you put a tag to it, see it as a problem, the next thing is to seek for solutions, other than that, you’d just pave way for laxity. Set it as a date. It becomes a goal when you put a date on it. Any goal without a date or time line for accomplishment is a wishful thinking.

3.BREAK THE GOAL DOWN INTO SMALLER GOALS

This can be called “taking baby steps”, accompany them with dates to be taken attached to each of the baby steps individually. Writing the problems down helps in not just breaking it into smaller problems but seeing the problems that seem to reoccur.

4. USE YOUR EXPERIENCE

Take action on the baby steps with the steps closest to you. If you want to start a business what is your sweat equity? This should be something you can do by yourself, with little to no assistance, something you’re used to. So take action from what you know already and can do by yourself before getting to the bigger steps.

5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SEEK HELP

Enlist the names and active support of people whom you know that has the skills, resources (human & financial) and engage them on what exactly you want them to help you with. Share with them what you have done already and what is left for you to get to your goals. This will most likely endear them to help you on what you are asking of them, remember that a drowning man that does not ask for help will most likely not be rescued.

6. REVIEW YOUR ACTIONS DAILY, WEEKLY OR MONTHLY

This is called taking inventory of your actions leading to the actualization of your goal. This will help you measure your progress. Reviewing your progress helps you see what was worth and what wasn’t, the loopholes, mistakes and highlights. Also remember that not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that counts can be accounted for.

Don’t forget that small changes are as important as big ones. In between every success or progress, don’t forget to reward yourself for making progress, you can start with smaller rewards for small goals achieved and bigger rewards after a huge task accomplished. This helps in keeping a positive attitude through solving a problem. Every good work does deserves its pay or a reward.

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