We all have problems, but we are not all equally effective at solving them. One key characteristic of successful people is that they are expert problem solvers – small wonder they are successful. If you do what successful people do, you will very likely get a similar result. Here are 5 powerful ideas successful people utilize to solve problems effectively:
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE PROBLEM-SOLVING IDEA #1: DEFINE THE PROBLEM CLEARLY
The very first step successful people utilize to solve any problem is to clearly define what that problem EXACTLY is. There must be no room for ambiguity or ambivalence. Accurate diagnosis is the prelude to exact cure. Begin by asking yourself: “What exactly is the problem?” By being absolutely clear about what the issue is, you would have resolved 50% of the issue.
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE PROBLEM-SOLVING IDEA #2: FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
Successful people are future-oriented. When discussing a problem, be sure to focus on the future over the past. Ask yourself, “Where do I go from here?” “What are my options for the future?” Too many problem-solving discussions end up focusing on what happened in the past and who is to blame. Focus on the future – the only part of the equation over which you have any control.
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE PROBLEM-SOLVING IDEA #3: TALK ABOUT THE SOLUTION
A third requirement for effective problem solving is for you to talk about the solution instead of the problem. Focus on the possible solutions and what can be done rather than what has already happened. If you continue to look at the rear-view mirror while driving, a crash is inevitable. You can avoid that crash!
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE PROBLEM-SOLVING IDEA #4: RELEASE CREATIVITY
Successful people release their creativity in order to solve any problem, and you must learn to do the same. How, you may ask? By discussing the solution. The discussion of solution is inherently positive, uplifting and has a tendency to release creativity. A discussion of problem is inherently negative, demotivating and tends to inhibit creativity.
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE PROBLEM-SOLVING IDEA #5: BE POSITIVE
Successful people are almost always positive people. You can become positive simply by becoming solution-oriented rather than problem-oriented. If you think and talk in terms of solution, you will be astonished at the quality and quantity of ideas that will emerge.