“Solving Your Practical Problems”

All of us have problems in our everyday lives, some big and some small.  How we address those problems determines how we reach our goals and implement our action plans.  Listed below are some techniques that you can use in resolving those problems.*

  • On any given day, some problems will be more important than others.  Analyze the ones you tend to get upset about first.
  • If you can, try to avoid too many problems that require quick solutions or deadlines.
  • Many problems will have different possible solutions.  Try to determine the “best” solution to your problem.  Try not to make it the “only” solution to your problems.  Put yourself in the neutral zone.  Be prepared for both “better” and “worse” solutions.
  • Try to think of as many answers or solutions as possible, even if you really think that only one answer is the right one.
  • Check your solutions, at first in your head, but later when it is in practice to see if it is generating the results that you want. Ask yourself: is this a good answer or is there another, better answer? You do have to establish an answer, but it does not always have to be a great one.
  • In establish your goals and action plans, make sure you set realistic goals by stating your problems clearly and working on possible solutions.
  • It’s best to establish as many solutions as you can so you have a good choice among them.
  • Some problems make us feel more anxious or stressed than others. If this happens, try to envision others you admire and how they might deal with such a problem.
  • For each solution you arrive at, evaluate the pros and cons and then rank them for their possible good results.
And finally:
“Try to rehearse some of your possible strategies and behaviors before actually trying them out.  As you work on them, try to imagine possible better answers and check out these possibilities in your head.”*
*Ellis, Albert, How To Make Yourself Happy(Atascadero,CA : Impact Publ., 1999)