Life is filled with problems. If you are in business, then you have your basket full of problems, big and small. Problems seem to jump out quickly causing us to stop for a moment, solve it, then proceed to solve the next one. Problems come at us every day. Many daily problems are so small that we don't even consider them problems anymore. We have been conditioned to accept them and then move on. We've gotten use to them because they come around so often. With experience we solve problems better, faster and more effectively.
Some positive thinkers like to call problems challenges. The word challenges sounds nicer, but when you get right down to the root to the challenge, it doesn't seem to fit. But when you get down to the root of the problem--now you're talking. A challenge sounds like a competition. A problem sounds like a problem.
We solve problems by reacting. If we feel that the problem is minor, then solving it can wait--then we wait. If we feel the problem is serious, we act immediately. Or, do we? Sometimes we set problems aside, we ignore them, hoping perhaps that it will disappear. Sometimes they do, most times you will have to address the problem. So, how do you address problem calmly, logically and solve it? There is one easy way. Get out a sheet of paper and on the very top write "I solved this problem (write out your problem) by.... Now write down a list of the solutions to your problem. If you can list ten ways to solve your problem, great. If you could write five ways, that's good too. Your answer to solving your problem will be on the paper, right in front of you. Be calm, relaxed and think. This may only take a few minutes. Be assured that the solution to your problem will be revealed. Now take action.
Solving problems takes practice. The more problems you solve, the better you get at it. Some problems cannot be solved with you alone. Start by asking for Gods help. He might deliver the answer sooner than you think.