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Every Problem Has A Solution

Every Problem Has A Solution. Hey everyone, I hope you are all great. In today’s post, I am going to share some tips with you about different ways you can solve a problem by being creative with our mindset.

Every Problem Has A Solution

More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking

How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that that problem leads to a dead-end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve.

No leads.  No options.  No solutions.

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!

With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.

First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.

Maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not taken a hard look at what the problem is

Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral in solving the problem. If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.

Try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem

Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

Try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem

This is called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them. The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.

Although it helps to have critical thinking aboard as you solve a problem, you must also keep a creative, analytical voice at the back of your head.

When someone comes up with a prospective solution, tried to think about how you could make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armour of that solution.

It pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at one time

Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

Remember that adage,” two heads are better than one.” That one is truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas.

You can only benefit from listening to all the ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person you’re talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.

You don’t have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thought on the subject, it would be much better.

Be patient

As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.

Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest to be a more creative problems solver.

Here is one example

Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind at the centre. Now, look at that word then write the first two words that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a tree of related words. This helps you build analogical skills, and fortify your creative processes.

So, next time you see a problem you think you can not solve, think again. The solution might just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little creative thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.

I hope you have enjoyed and learnt something from this post. I know I have.

Talk Soon

23 Comments

  • Debra A

    This is epic. Breaking down a problem into small solutions makes the most sense. Tackle each segment as its own piece of the big puzzle. I would love to attach this concept to my family estrangement issues, however, that would involve critical thinking on everyone’s part and sadly, many people never developed that ability. That’s where the breakdown is and what’s hardest to break past.

  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    Such great tips! I always find that I struggle with the solution not being exactly what I imagined it should be. The answer is obvious, just getting to it didn’t go according to plan. I may be a control freak. Ok, I’m a total control freak. Your tips reminded me to stop and think a bit more before reacting and responding.

  • Aliya

    Patience is differently a virtue. Sometimes I think you forgot that from living in such a go, go environments and mindset. Finding a way to be more creative with problem is something I’m still learning.

  • Flossie McCowald

    Yup, solid tips here. I think it’s especially important (as you indicate in different words above) to make sure you’re solving the correct problem! – if you haven’t gotten to the root of what the REAL problem is, you’ll never be able to solve it!

  • Britt K

    Great advice. You’re right, there is often more than one solution available. We get so caught up in what we believe is the ‘right’ way that we blind ourselves to the other solutions that are available. You’re right, we need to be patient, open our minds to the possibilities and be willing to try something other than the first solution that came to mind. Great exercise for everyone to work through.

  • Ivana Mearns

    I agree that patience is very important when it comes to problem-solving. Not being patient and acting impulsively often makes everything so much worse! It’s interesting how many different approaches to problem solving are out there! These tips are all very helpful, thank you !

  • Ashlee

    I like the word association exercise, it was very interesting to see what feelings and words I associate together. I also agree that every problem has a solution, but we can get way too caught up in looking at the problem and forget what the original goal was to begin with and there are so many different and creative ways to achieve it. Talking to helpful people really, really helps to untangle the loops of problem solving sometimes.

  • Kat

    I like the word association exercise, this can be really helpful when you’re stuck on a problem. Patience is the most important. The other day, I listened to a podcast and the lady said that she worked on her blog for many years with little results. However, things took off after the 5-year mark and now she has a multiple 5-figure income from it. Sometimes the winner is just the person who perseveres the longest.

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    Being able to step away from an issue and reflect on the problem is something that I find always helps me to come up with different and workable options to overcome and solve the issue. This approach, together with maintaining a positive mental attitude, really helps in this process. I have to believe that nothing is impossible to overcome.

  • Scott DeNicola

    Time for me really helps me to find the solution. I need to step back and think about it for a minute. If I react too quickly without thinking it tends to not be the best move. I like to gather my thoughts and let the issue sit with me for a little bit and marinate. Then I can logically start applying some thoughts to it.

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