"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do." – Henry Ford
What constitutes progress may be different for everyone, based on lifestyle and goals set. However, the commonality is, progress involves advancement, some movement of sorts, a necessary forward-moving process that is seldom smooth.
So how do we problem solve? Simply by finding solutions to challenges and seeking answers to questions.
Isn't it amazing how simple this sounds? Come to think of it, this is all there is to the art of problem solving.
Businessdictionary.com defines problem solving as: the process of working through details of a problem to reach a solution. Problem solving may include mathematical or systematic operations and can be a gauge of an individual's critical thinking skills.
We encounter and solve problems everyday, different types, in various ways. It is thus safe to say we human beings are natural problem solvers.
By sharpening and developing this inherent skill and applying it in growing our brands, we can ensure that the effort we put into ventures pays off. Building a business is about problem solving, overcoming obstacles, and not letting hitches stop us.
As business owners and career driven individuals, it is up to us to create functional systems that operate productively. This involves tackling difficulties and smoothing out obstructive bumps in a timely manner.
Identifying the problem and then understanding the 'why and how' of it are first steps toward find solutions and minimizing the chances of re-occurrence.
Difficulties are simply an opportunity to move ahead … they only become game stoppers when we succumb to them. It is hence important during problem solving to develop winning strategies and put them in place to sustain progress.
Interestingly, we also find that that each time the bar is raised, new problems surface. It was Nelson Mandela who said, "After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." This becomes exciting, as high achievers thrive on breaking down barriers.
More importantly, once one has become comfortable with solving problems, it becomes second nature.
Problems are not to be feared, or even avoided. They are to be solved.
With such a mindset, perceived mountains suddenly appear like little bumps along the way, don't you think?
I hope you enjoyed reading.
Cheers to your success.