5 Simple Steps to Find Practical Solutions to Your Problems

Whatever you work to create—whether a business, a novel, a YouTube channel, an Android app or whatever else—you’ll have your share of problems along the way. You can’t be surprised and get frustrated when problems arise; they’re part of the journey to creating anything significant.

Instead of letting these problems get to you, you must learn to use your resources (e.g., time, money, energy, people, creativity, etc.) to find solutions. In fact, that’s what problems are: opportunities to use your resources to find answers.

Finding practical solutions to your problems boils down to five simple steps. The five simple steps below work whether you’re flying solo or with a team.

1. Brainstorm Potential Solutions

This step is where you look at a problem from different angles and create a list of all the potential ways you can solve the issue. At this stage, all ideas are good ideas. It’s not the time to sift through those ideas—although you may be tempted to do so. You simply want to think about as many potential solutions as you can.

2. Analyze Your Options

Once you have your list of potential solutions, you analyze them to determine which is the most adequate to resolve your problem. During your analysis, you weigh the pros and cons of each option. And you may even combine potential solutions to create a better option.

3. Make a Decision

After you’ve conducted a thorough analysis of your various options, you must choose the solution you’re going to implement. It’s essential to realize that you can brainstorm (step 1) and analyze (step 2) indefinitely. That’s a danger. To help you stay on track and reach the decision-making stage in a timely fashion, give yourself a time limit for brainstorming and analyzing.

4. Take Action

This step is where you implement your solution. It’s where you’re going to see if your solution is sound. A solution may look good on paper, but the real test is when you implement it. All the previous steps were meant to lead you to this one; without action, nothing else matters.

5. Adjust Your Direction

As you take action, you may realize that you must adjust your direction. In fact, if at the implementation stage, the solution isn’t as good as it seemed, you must course correct. It may require you to go back to the drawing board (i.e., brainstorming) and find a new solution or that you implement your plan B (if you have one).

As I said, when you seek to build anything significant, problems always arise. However, you’re not powerless; you can solve them and complete your work.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.