It might be self-evident, but to solve a problem we first need to identify it. And there is no need to compliment me on my mastery of the obvious.
I say that because a lot of us will continue to toil in the midst of a problem but never identify it as a problem. And if we don’t identify it as a problem, we won’t look to solve it.
We all know problems are a pain and a drain on our energy and motivation. So the faster we identify the problem and then choose a plan of action to deal with it the better. That way problems become less of a problem.
It can be helpful to think of a problem as a curve in the road. If you take it right then, you will find yourself in good shape for the straight road that lies ahead. But, if you take it too fast, you might not be in great shape.
Identify The Issues
Start by identifying the issues. You need to be entirely clear about what the problem is. And it is important to remember that different people will have a different viewpoint of what the issues are.
Sometimes we confuse the issues and the interests. And understanding everyone’s interests is a critical step that is usually missing in problem-solving.
Understand Everyone’s Interests
Let’s define interests as the needs that you would like satisfied by your chosen solution. Frequently, we ignore our true interests as we overly focus on one particular solution.
It isn’t easy to find the right solution. I like to think of the best solution as the one that satisfies the most people’s interests.
All of this may be unfamiliar to you, so don’t worry if it feels uncomfortable at first. This is life, you will encounter many problems, so you will have lots of opportunities to practice!
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