Good problem solving skills can help you with decision making, advancement in your job, and even with your relationships.
And making good decisions can turn your life around!
Understanding what goes into making decisions will help you when you have problems to solve.
For example, your problem is actually a stressor. It needs to be resolved, and it will bother you–until it is resolved! That’s why learning to solve problems effectively is also coping with stress.
Knowing how to solve a problem is having the knowledge and resources to “cope” with the stressor and knowing how to prioritize–to bring about a positive consequence.
According to Lazarus and Folkman (1984) coping is how you think and deal with stressors. Coping is your response to situations.
Problem solving is your response to a situation to bring about a desired result. When you solve a problem, you get relief from its pressure or stress.
You go through different stages as you cope with a situation or try to solve a problem, in order to resolve (or release the tension).
- Stage #1 – First you appraise the situation with your own knowledge about the situation and you decide whether you are feeling threatened.If you do not feel threatened, you don’t take any action. If you consider the situation to be something you have to deal with, you move into the second stage.
- Stage #2 – In the second stage of problem solving or coping, you assess the situation at a deeper level.This time you recall previous experiences, the beliefs and attitudes you currently hold about the situation, and the environment such as personal resources, social support, finances, etc.During this stage it’s important to have a positive outlook and the belief that you can make decisions that will solve the problem (good self esteem). If you do not feel as though you have control over the situation, you are more likely to experience stress and anxiety.
- Stage #3 – During the third stage you take the actions that are necessary to solve the problem. This might include:
- Making decisions
- Asking another person for help with decision making
- Using your communication skills to work out the problem with another person
- Locating a community organization that can help
- Consulting with a counselor or physician
Steps In Problem Solving
When you have a problem, you need to take steps to solve or resolve it. Even if you are not aware of it, you probably go through a process in order to solve problems.
Here is a summary of the steps that you might use when making a decision:
- Identify the problem.
- Consider your options and possible actions.
- What are the pros and cons of each option identified?
- Make a decision or choice.
- Evaluate the outcome or re-evaluate your steps.
Being able to problem solve effectively requires some skill and a positive and confident outlook.
Hypnosis Downloads has an excellent program that helps you relax, so you can easily be creative in your problem-solving.
Your Decision Making Style
Many people react to difficult situations with a broken record. In other words, they just repeat what they know and have done before. You learned how to solve problems from your parents, when you were young.
You can respond to stressful situations with a dysfunctional pattern that was handed down through the generations in your family, or you can consciously (and unconsciously) choose to make intelligent decisions that steer you toward reaching your goals.
For example, do you respond to challenges strictly on an emotional level? Do you get angry or feel frustrated? Or do you start organizing your thoughts and start thinking of creative ways to address the issue?
How you answer that question, is key to whether you are letting challenges get the best of you, or you are using them to motivate you to greater things.
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