Knowing the Bases of Your Problem Solving Skill

Knowing the Bases of Your Problem Solving Skill



How well do you adapt to change? You may opt not to answer this question. However, after analyzing, it would be beneficial to answer it. Changes happen at a rate you never imagine being so fast. Almost everyone cannot keep up with them, left alone neglecting to respond to them. Left with no other option, it would be best to know the bases of how you respond to changes. Your response to changes, form the core of your problem solving skill. Once you start to get the skill to solve problems independently, you gain more confidence and raise your self-esteem, ready to face any challenge or change life will bring.


To form these bases, the following should be considered:


  • Gather enough information on a circumstance or situation that comes to existence. Be it a change or a problem, the information gathered will form the basis on how to approach it. The answers to the problem depend on the data you obtain. The answers are in the problem; they just need to be analyzed.


  • Broaden your tolerance in handling changes and problems. You may find it acceptable to put up with the little changes but overwhelmed with the big ones. To absorb the big stuffs with less shock, break them into pieces. Consolidate the small solutions to form the entire picture or puzzle. Gradually improve on your capability to handle bigger sizes of the pieces in future situations. In time, you will get used to face changes and problems with greater ease. It has been observed by researchers, that creative people have a high tolerance for ambiguous situations. Creative people like entrepreneurs, artists, craftsmen are risk takers. They seek adventure and possess exploratory minds. Be creative. It is alright to follow customary solutions to common problems. However, it may require customized solutions for customized problems and this is where creativity takes its niche. Without creativity, there will be no improvement.


  • Problems differ and so do solutions. Similar problems may seem too complex for some but may not appear as such in the eyes of others. A person may have developed high skills to manage problems but might have missed the concept of good old common sense. Practicality simplifies things. When applicable, who wouldn’t want to use it?


  • Like it or not, you have to decide on countless things that confront you each day. There may be occasions wherein outside assistance is needed to help you solve a problem. A helping hand is there to help, not to confuse the situation. Your solution should not boomerang on you.


  • When you assume the position of a helping hand, it would be more proper to guide the person the results he or she needs, wants, or should have; rather than telling him or her how to solve the problem. Spoon-feeding has drawbacks. A simple illustration is giving alms to a beggar. You give a beggar some money. You may be helping feed the beggar (for the moment), but actually, you could be making his situation worse, making him or her dependent on alms from you and other people. This discourages self-sufficiency, a liability to the community for being unproductive. Showing the way for the beggar to gain self-sufficiency without any material handout is the better way to extend a helping hand. By opening his or her mind to the reality of gainful employment could be one way. If he or she is incapacitated physically or for another reason, referring him or her to an institution or organization that will guide him or her to be gainfully productive could be the answer on a long-term basis.


Sometimes, you give advice to others but you hear: “Easy for you to say” or “Easier said than done”. Those statements may be true, but the ones saying them may have low resolve and self-esteem. As mentioned earlier, a person may choose not to develop his/her problem solving skills and adaptability to changes. Or he/she may choose to be independent, having the capability to face the challenges and changes.