For many years when I had to solve problems I was at a loss. Overwhelmed by the many options open to me I was paralysed, unable to move forward and make a decision. Thankfully when I received Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I realised that I needn’t be suffer with indecision again as I learnt how to effectively problem solve. On reflection I always thought that some people were just gifted with problem solving ability, that it just wasn’t something I was any good at and that it certainly wasn’t a skill I could learn. Thankfully I was wrong on all counts, realizing that it was indeed a skill I could foster and perfect, with just a little practise.
Here are just a few of the myths surrounding problem solving which are completely untrue:
You can’t learn how to problem solve
Problem solving is absolutely a skill you can learn and perfect.
There is only one ‘correct’ solution when solving a problem
In reality there are many strategies that, once put into action, will have many advantages. It is more about weighing up which strategy will reap the best advantages for you.
Masterful problem solvers never ask questions
The best problem solvers don’t have all the answers themselves, rather they know the right questions to ask in order to have the answers to hand when it comes to finding solutions and making informed decisions.
Masterful problem solvers always know the ‘correct’ solution
There is no such thing as a ‘correct’ answer or strategy when it comes to problem solving, rather it is a matter of finding what works best for you when all things are considered. Indeed often there will be several suitable options, each with advantageous outcomes.
Have you ever considered a problem solving myth to be true? Are there any other myth’s you think I may have missed out? Does it surprise you that absolutely anyone can learn to be a good problem solver? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.