3 Key Steps to Solve Your Problems
By Sandy Schroeder
In a fast-paced society that demands a lot from us, we may find ourselves overloaded with problems. As we juggle work and family, and try to find time for ourselves, knowing how to solve problems is crucial. If health, financial, legal, property, or other issues come up, it’s important to take steps to promptly solve them.
DumbLittleMan.com took a look at this issue recently and did a nice job of summing it up, providing three basic steps to reach a solution. They tell us to look to ourselves for the right answers, and step up to face the problem instead of ignoring it, which risks making it more complicated.
Accept What Is Happening
When small problems grow into big ones or unexpected ones suddenly strike, stress can get in the way of logic as we become confused, worried or completely upset by the situation. Actually the only way to solve the problem is to accept it to see what is needed. As we calm down and look closer, the answers may become more obvious. The issues and answers may not be simple or easy, but at least we will know what we have to handle. Start by examining all of the paperwork, or making a list of the issues that are involved. If you need more information, do the homework to get it. Along the way, you should get a more complete understanding of the problem and some possible answers may take shape.
Rely on Yourself
Often when problems come up, people may believe they need outside advice or assistance to solve a problem. In some cases that may be true, but it is usually wise to spend some time analyzing the problem so that you understand it. Then you will know what you want to ask if you decide to seek outside help such as financial or legal counseling. Overall, accept responsibility for what happens and plan to see it through. Once you have faced the problem and accepted responsibility, some of the stress may be reduced. It’s usually more comfortable to know the details, and know you are taking steps to deal with it
Be Prepared to Make the Effort
Some problems need many hours to solve. Others are quick and intense. Either way, be willing to do whatever work is needed to solve the problem. If outside help is needed, look for references, know what it will cost, and keep records of your expenses.
After you have used this formula to work through a problem or two, the whole process may seem less intimidating and stressful.
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