As much as you try not to have it, problems will always be there as part of your life. Be it as simple as a flat tire, or as huge as a bankrupt business, problems are inevitable. What matters is how you handle and solve it.
If you are currently facing a problem and need to solve it quickly, look at the three easy steps for you to take.
- Identify the problem and work around it. Some problems are too complex that there are underlying problems in one. Identify the real problem. Once this is identified, you can easily list down the causes and facts about the situation. A simple question to always consider when working with a problem, is answering the question “why?” Why did this happen? Why did they do that? This will eventually lead you to the root cause. The root cause of the problem should be resolved. Otherwise, the problem will just keep on happening over and over that is why the root cause should be properly addressed.
- Know your alternatives. Problems always have a solution. It may not be the easiest, but there is a solution. If you are lucky, you get to have several options to solve your problem. List them down and write the pros and cons of each. If you have someone that you can trust and talk to, work with that person as you brainstorm. In the brainstorming session, do not put any limitations to ideas presented. It may sound silly, impossible, or hard to do, but it is important to get every option on the table. When you feel that you have exhausted all possible solutions, then it is time to process the data and options as you choose the route you want to take.
- Implement your solution. This is a very important step to take. The identification of the problem, root cause, and brainstorming activity for solution will not be useful unless you put it into action. Prepare to implement your solution as soon as possible. Delaying it further and further can just make matters worse.
It is best to not do the above steps until you have cleared your mind a bit and you are calm enough to think of solutions. Most of the time, panic can get the best of you and your decisions may become a blur.
- Face your problem head on and do not shove it under the rug. Take responsibility if it is your fault and be brave enough to accept and apologize in the aim of resolving the issue once and for all.
In case the solution you went with did not turn out as you expected it to be, have a second option or plan B based on the listed solutions. Do not be biased in your ways and keep a level head and straight mind. Never let irritation and anger get the best of you whenever you have a problem. Letting this happen might make you do or say things that you do not mean.