Do Not Get Stuck by Problems – Move Forward

Problem SolvingIn the course of running a business it is inevitable that one comes across problems. But often, if a small problem is not nipped in the bud, it gets blown out of proportion and becomes a major roadblock. A road block so large the it seems impossible to get around. This is the result of delay in problem solving or tackling it, or procrastination. If the problem has been persisting for a long time, the more you start feeling it is insurmountable. Here are a few steps you can follow to overcome small problems before you feel overwhelmed by them.

Get to the root of the Real problem

Some small setbacks may be causing you irritation for a long time. You seem to be trying but not finding a solution. So why is this.? The truth is what you perceive as the problem may not be the real one at all. So get to the root of it. Ignore or skip your initial irritation and find out what lies behind it. For a minute forget about what you think is the problem and if that doesn’t exist, what is the cause of apprehension? What is the real problem? When you delve behind your initial niggling doubts, the real problem and solutions will surface.

Sometimes thinking in Opposite terms Works

Sounds paradoxical, but in many cases it works in problem solving. What you often perceive as a problem is in fact the solution. To give an example, if your problem is ‘saving money’ in your business, just think of what the opposite of that is. It is spending money. So instead of focusing on saving money in your company, try to control or minimize the spending . When you control the spending, you change the way the company and employees think and instead of saving, you solve the problem by spending less.

Take the help of technology

If it is a matter of solving problems regarding manpower, or problems where technology can step in , you have an ever widening choice. Technology in the present day offers numerous options for solving a host of problems. If you can’t find a good typist, go in for some dictation software. Need to generate new business ideas for your products and services? You can use the internet to connect to customers, conduct online surveys and even find technology solutions to automate the results and everything for you.

Focus on one Issue at a time

Sometimes problem solving may seem to be complex and has many components working against you all at once. In fact, many problems are made up of multiple smaller problems. You’ll be better able to see the real problem -the one you should focus on- when you separate the other problems and proceed to solve one issue at a time.

Entrepreneurial learning

Every problem has a solution – some better than others. By asking yourself if you can skip the problem completely, you free your mind to look beyond the roadblock. That is usually where the solution lies.

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