How to solve problems
How to solve problems

Every day we have to face difficulties and problems. How to approach problem solving professionally?

1. Focus on the solution, not the problem

Neuroscientists have proven that the brain cannot find a solution if you are fixated on a problem. This is because when you focus on an issue, you are essentially feeding "negativity," which in turn activates negative emotions in the mind. I am not saying to “ignore the difficulty” - instead try and stay calm. It helps to first understand the problem and then switch to finding a solution instead of whining about "what went wrong" and "who is to blame."

2. Be objective

Try and consider all POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS - even if at first glance they seem ridiculous. In order to trigger creative thinking that can suggest possible solutions, it is important not to give up on any idea right away.

After 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, you learned that “any idea is good” stimulates creative thinking during brainstorming and other problem-solving techniques. Whatever you do, do not ridicule "stupid decisions", as often crazy ideas suggest more effective solutions.

3. Judge the issue impartially

Try not to perceive the problem as something terrible! If you think about it, what is the problem? It's just a reaction to the current situation. The problem informs you that something is not working at the moment and that you need to find a new solution. Therefore, try to solve problems impartially, without any judgment. If you become obsessed with the “problem” label, it can trigger negative thoughts and prevent possible solutions from suddenly arising.

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4. Think abstractly

Change the "direction" of your thoughts with abstract thinking. Concentrate on the saying, "Digging the same hole deeper, you cannot dig a hole elsewhere." Try to change your approach and see things in a new way. You can try to look at your goals from a completely opposite point of view. Even if it sounds silly, a new and original approach tends to stimulate an original decision.

5. Speak a language that provides an opportunity

Think with phrases: "what if …" and "imagine if …". These expressions empowers our minds to think creatively and stimulate new solutions. Avoid using closed, negative statements, for example: "I don't think that …" or "This is not correct, but …".

6. Simplify everything

As intelligent beings, we have a tendency to make things harder than they should be. Try to simplify your problem by generalizing it. Remove the details and return to the main thing. Try to find a really simple, obvious solution - the result may surprise you! And we all know that simple ideas are often the most productive.

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