“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein
Problems surround us every day – from small problems, such as managing an angry customer at work, to larger issues, such as managing a family dispute or dealing with a debilitating mental illness. No matter the size, problems are unavoidable and the best way to get through them, is to break them down. Here, we provide several techniques for solving your problems:
- Identify the problem. Explore the root cause of the problem, areas of impact surrounding the issue, who is involved, and the effect that it has on everyone involved.
- Consider alternatives. We all have that moment where we feel like there is no solution, or that there is only one solution plausible. Take a step back and wait until other solutions reappear – maintain an open perspective because these solutions may not be exactly what you imagined. Write down all viable solutions, with no bias or reservations. Simply exploring all solutions helps us to evaluate what is needed for the best solution to take place, and won’t work.
- Evaluate and select an alternative action plan. Consider each action plan, along with its benefits and drawbacks. Determine which action plan will be easiest to implement, and which one will yield the most benefits on all sides of the situation.
- Implement and follow-up. While implementing the solution, try to work with other parties that are involved, so that everyone is a part of the process. Take note of what is working and what isn’t, and create tune-ups and slight changes to help the process go smoother.
When we are confronted with a pressing issue, it’s easy for us to feel overwhelmed. The reason we feel this way is because we are looking at the issue as a whole – by breaking it down, the issue becomes a workable process comprised of smaller pieces that need attention. If we focus on one issue at a time, we can maneuver through the larger problem at a steady pace – giving us leverage and control over how the problem gets resolved. Involving other people by asking for help can be beneficial in gaining “outside” advice and support.
The key is to remember that even with a major problem, our lives still run. The world continues to spin. We continue to breathe and learn and grow; we are strong and capable of overcoming our problems, we just need to approach them and work through them in the best way possible.
When you’re making a decision to change your life, you need a program you can trust. Avalon Malibu provides trusted results. Offering both primary mental health and substance use treatment, our full continuum of care seeks to heal mind, body, and spirit. For a confidential assessment and more information, call us today: 888-958-7511