How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem you're facing – thinking that such problem is unsolvable and that it 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. No way out.
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.
I have been in and out of situations like these in my life and I know what it is to think giving up would be the best option. However, I made up my mind long time ago, that no matter the challenges or problems I encountered in my life, I will never give up or run away.
Unfortunately, many people this days are taking to suicide to run away from their problems or challenges. I don't want you to take that route or slip into depression!
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.
What I want you to take note of when you are looking at creative ways to solve any problem is that you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. Also, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.
Once you adopt this optimistic mindset, you can try to be a little bit more creative in solving your problems.
1. Try And Understanding What The Problem Is
Maybe the reason you cannot rightly solve your problems is that you have not really 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 to 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 or what the problem is made up of and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain and what you stand to lose from the current problem.
Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.
2. Identify The Constraints
You should try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have in relation to the problem. Sometimes it could be these assumptions that obstruct your view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid and those that are not as well as, which assumptions you should give much attention or priority to.
3. Break The Problem Into Manageable Parts
I have come to understand that looking at a problem as it is could be very intimidating to the extent that it shut down the creative part of the brain and as such prevent you from getting the solution. So what you need to so is to try to solve the problem by breaking it into manageable parts.
The best approach to finding a solution is to go 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.
4. Share With Like Minded People
“Two heads are better than one.” goes a popular adage. That's truer when you are trying to solve problems that have been giving sleepless nights. Share your problem with people that are positive and like-minded and 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.
5. Be Positive And Optimistic
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 you or someone you share the problem with comes up with a prospective solution.
Don't just discard or throw away without looking at the suggested solution deeply and think how you could make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for possibilities in the armor of that solution.
6. Be Open To Every Possible 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, even those that might seem remotely possible. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.
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.
7. Be Patient And Persevere
Most of the time, depending on the complexity of the problem, you are not going to get the solution the first time. You'll have to brainstorm on it and then turn it over to your sub-conscious mind to work on the problem behind the scene and present you with the solution at the right time.
What this means is that you have to be patient. And as long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself, mostly when you least expected it.
Do you know that creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest such that you become more creative in solving most problems?
For instance, right now, take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to your mind at the center. 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.