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Last week we looked at the importance of thorough brainstorming and assessing the pros and cons when problem solving. This week we look at how to make a step by step plan, take action and the review stage in the problem solving process.

 

Step Four – Plan how to carry out your solutions

 

This step is critical and the more planning you put in, the less likely it is that something will go awry. Ask yourself the following questions and answer them fully:

 

  • What needs to be done?
  • In what order?
  • How am I going to do it?
  • Is anyone else involved?
  • Have I asked them to help yet? (If not, ask now)

 

Most importantly, always accommodate for the unexpected and have a back-up plan (repeat the questions above for your back-up plan)! For example, if I don’t stick to my budget this month I have to cut my spending next month or if I there aren’t any suitable jobs locally I will look for work in a wider area whereby I may need to commute.

 

Step Five – Action

 

Put your plan into action and don’t forget that if anything goes awry you still have that all important back-up plan!

 

Step Six – Review

 

This is where you have the biggest opportunity to learn and develop mastery in the specific area of your life the problem existed. Ask yourself and answer the following questions:

  • What was the outcome?
  • Was your solution successful?
  • If your solution was not successful or only partly successful, what didn’t work?
  • What were the underlying reasons for what didn’t work? (E.g. you were tired or hadn’t developed the necessary skills)
  • What could you do better in future? Do you need to learn new skills to do better in future? If so, what skills?
  • What was successful?
  • Are there any ways to improve upon or develop what was successful? What skills, strategies or techniques could you develop further to build upon your successes?

 

Always keep in mind there is no shame in using your back-up plan or going back to your ranked list of solutions, picking the next one down on the list. Then plan and carry out that solution – just don’t give up. This is all part of the process to not only become a masterful problem solver, but also to master the area of your life in which the problem exists.

 

Remember failure is only failure if you give up, winners may fall down seven times but their trick is that they get up eight! Every time they fall they learn from it by reviewing things. They then get back-up and continue forward with an altered approach gained from what past experience has taught them and their brainstormed solutions. This is how we reach new levels of mastery and become more successful in life, love and work.

 

So the next time you have a problem, take heart, you have access to an excellent step-by-step program which will help see you through even the most challenging times with confidence.

 

Have you made a plan for taking action towards problems before? Have you ever made a back-up plan? When you have taken action towards solving a problem in the past did it make you feel empowered? Do you usually review how your problem solving solution went? Do you think this step could benefit you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Exercises:

 

  1. Ask the planning questions above and make a step by step plan for carrying out your primary chosen solution.
  2. Ask the planning questions above and make a step by step plan for carrying out your back-up plan.
  3. Take action towards solving your problem by carrying out your plan.