Have you ever faced a problem and just wanted to run away and hide? I have. In fact just recently this happened to me. I was so caught up with the problem that I failed to do one critical thing – define it. What about the situation presented the most cause for concern? What key element of the problem did I want to resolve? Realizing the error of my ways I’ve since resolved to clearly, and calmly, define any future problems I may encounter.

 

Below are just some of the questions I brainstormed to help me clearly define problems in future:

 

What or who caused the problem? Are there many factors or people involved?

 

Who does the problem involve?

Did they contribute towards the problem?

Could they help to resolve it?

 

Where did the problem occur? Is this significant?

 

What is the most concerning thing about the problem?

 

What element of the problem needs resolving the most? Why?

 

Once you have the answers to these questions in place you will have a more objective and balanced outlook which will provide a far better mind frame for problem solving. Moreover you will know which key elements to focus on in your problem solving efforts.

 

Did you find the questions helpful? Have you ever clearly defined your problems before?  How did defining the problem 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.