We face problems everyday of our lives. Many times these problems can actually be an opportunity in disguise. Solving problems can be broken down into steps that will make solving the issue at hand much easier. You can get the problem solved and get back to your life.
• Identify the real problem. Often people think of a problem in terms of its consequences. You really have to dig to the root of the issues you are having and identify the source. If your problem is that you do not have enough money you need to find the root of you lack of funds. It may be poor budgeting, spending too much or something worse like a gambling addiction. Whatever the source is, that is what you need to fix.
• Focus on Solutions. Once you have identified the real problem it is time to come up with a list of solutions. Most of the time there is more than one way to attack a problem. Get out a sheet of paper and a pen and start brainstorming. You can always ask others for their suggestions. Once you have a good list of solutions you can weigh the pros and cons of each one.
• Feedback from those you trust. When you ask others for suggestions make sure that they are people who you really trust. It is also best if they share the same value system as you. This ensures that your problem is kept confidential and any advice you get is in line with your belief system.
• Make a decision. Once you find a solution that provides the best long term outcome you have to make the decision and follow through. The very last part is accepting any consequences that arise from your decision. If things do not turn out as you had planned do not beat yourself up. You put time and thought into your decision and that shows character.