The Success Models project analyzes precisely those behavioral models that have made the success of those people and from this analysis, an important clue emerges: those behaviors that have proved successful in the lives of these subjects are the result of an attitude that they have in the of life.
How to handle problems
In order to develop our problem-solving skills, the first thing to do is to understand these 3 things:
- Everyone has to face problems;
- Facing problems forces us to find solutions and therefore improve us;
- It is our attitude that determines the extent and resolution of the problem.
The first thing to do, therefore, is to understand that everyone finds themselves facing the problems of life (or business). From Jeff Bezos (currently the richest man in the world) to the last individual on Earth, all of us, but all of us indiscriminately, have problems to overcome. This, if nothing else, makes us feel less alone. Follow the brain exercises to improve memory quickly.
The second thing to understand is that problems are our friends because they allow us to develop skills that otherwise we would never have thought of developing. That’s why you need to get used to converting problems into challenges. Dealing with problems as challenges allows you to develop an extra motivational drive to deal with the problem in the best way and solve it.
Problems with “relative” power
A problem that appears before us can be defined as an unbalancing event of our inner calm. It is a situation that produces a certain amount of stress and therefore has a certain emotional impact on us. This negative impact has a destabilizing effect on our mind which leads us to create mental projections that make use of our imagination.
A double action to tackle problems
How does this power unfold? With a double action.
We understand the nature of the reality of things, we dissect it and accept it. In this way anxieties and fears vanish thus eliminating the nourishment of the problem (the problem does not grow and remains what it is);
The value of our life, of our serenity and of our time is raised; doing so makes the problem smaller and this is because we are the ones who are becoming bigger and bigger, increasing our personal power.
Understanding the inestimable value of our life and time and being aware that our existence is too precious to be afraid (to face anything) develop feelings like courage, happiness, optimism, enthusiasm, perseverance.
With these emotions, we replace the negative mental projections of which we spoke earlier, with positive projections. The attitude towards the problem changes and, by changing that, the way to face the problem and therefore the results we obtain also changes. Finally, the problem becomes what it really is: something small and easily manageable.
The beauty is that this method is valid for all types of problems and for all dimensions. Do you know why?
Define, plan and solve the problem
To develop good problem-solving skills we must follow a strategy that is appropriate to the situation we want to solve. I call this strategy ” Define, Plan and Solve “.
The troubleshooting process:
In fact, just as the definition of the objectives allows us to define the objectives to be achieved, even in the resolution of problems the problem definition phase is essential to identify which elements are to be analyzed and therefore the problems to be solved.
The clarity is also crucial in solving problems: longer will have clear details of the problem, the easier it is to devise creative solutions to solve it.
Remember one fundamental thing: in solving problems, counterintuitive reasoning often wins. In fact, often in problem-solving there is a tendency to think erroneously like doctors: they identify the symptom and prescribe us a drug to get rid of the symptom; the question is that the problem remains.
Your goal is to look beyond the symptoms to identify what lies behind them (the real problems).
A winning strategy for an effective definition consists. First of all, in asking the right questions, questions that are not things like: What is the problem? But much more specific questions concerning specific areas of the problem. The facts must then be examined.
Once the problem has been defined, the solution must be planned. Also, it is necessary to follow a strategic line that allows us to solve the problem in the best way. A possible first step could be to devise a series of solutions to solve the problem.
In fact, even in mathematics, there are several solutions to solving a question. For example, 3 + 2 = 5, but also 4 + 1 = 5, and so on. Even for problems, there are different solutions, more or less valid.
This method of finding more solutions allows you to develop your creativity and find innovative solutions to problems that require a certain type of approach.
Well, you’ve defined the problem and planned a solution. Now all you have to do is implement the solution and solve the problem. The first thing to do is take one solution you have created, possibly the one you think has a greater chance of resolving the problem, and put it into action immediately.
When you put the adopted solution in the field, you will begin to receive feedback on the solution itself. Analyze them and monitor the progress of your solution. Ask yourself: ” Is it working? “Or” Has the problem been solved? “And finally” Is it the right solution? “.
Monitoring the solution allows you to verify that everything is proceeding for the best and, if not, make changes to the solution or, alternatively, adopt the other solutions you have come up with.
In the final phase of solving the problem, you have to take one last step: make sure that the problem does not recur any more.