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Four Steps to Proactive Problem Solving

Updated: 05/30/2014 9:55 AM
Created: 05/30/2014 8:36 AM WDIO.com

Does your mind ever go around in circles trying to make a decision?  Do you lose sleep worrying about finding a solution for a problem?  If so, local Life Coach Pam Solberg-Tapper has some tips for you.  She stopped by Good Morning Northland Friday with four steps to proactive problem solving.

Successful problem solvers are able to analyze their situation objectively and Solberg-Tapper says her clients benefit by following a four question problem solving method.

"It can apply to a decision you have to make or if you have a problem," Solberg-Tapper said.  "If you plug it into a methodology it helps you make sense of it and helps you be able to come to a decision."

Step 1: What is the problem?

"it seems really obvious, but sometimes it's something else," Solberg-Tapper said. "So, we need to make it clear.  What are the issues?  What are the facts? What is happening?  What is really important?"

Solberg-Tapper used an example of a client who was considering looking for a new job.  She thought the problem was that she didn't like her job.  However, when she got to the root of it the problems wasn't the job or career field, but rather it was that she didn't like her boss.

Step 2: What are the possible alternatives to solve the problem?  Include advantages and disadvantages of each.

"What I recommend is coming up with as many alternatives as you can, because then you feel like you have a choice.  Then you can make a decision," she said.

This steps is about weighing all of your options, according to Solberg-Tapper.  She says it even helps to make a pros and cons list - the advantages and disadvantages.

Step 3: What is the solution?

"Once you lay all of those advantages and disadvantages out - then you select the best one," Solber-Tapper said.  "It helps you look at it more objectively because you have the facts."

Step 4: What steps will you take to act on the solution?

This is the part of the process where you actually make a commitment to do something about it.  "It's another great step because you have to do something.  Otherwise it's not going to change," she said.  

For more advice on how to tackle life's problems and better your approach to life's toughest situations head to www.coachforsuccess.com or email Pam Solber-Tapper at pam@coachforsuccess.com. 

                                                                                  

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