Problem Solving 101

Examine the problem you want to resolve, break it into pieces along practical lines (a single action or set of related actions tied together), prioritize what actions need to be taken first and what you need in order to take them, then take your plan of action and start following it, adapting to unforseen or mistaken variables as you encounter them.
Often, people already do some variation of this process, so the second stage of problem solving is what usually holds them up.
Typically there’s an underlying assumption that you won’t be able to take the action which you see as necessary to resolve one or more parts of the problem. You can get around that lack of self-confidence in two ways. First, do the things you do think you can do, even if they seem out of order from your initial prioritisation. Second, work to find alternative actions you could take which might get you close to resolving the problem-part you have issue with. It’ ok to ask for help or take the time to look into how other people have addressed similar chalenges. You might also consider what you would be able to do without the constraints that you feel are restricting your options, then decide whether the perceived constraints are significant in the face of the problem possibly being resolved.
On the whole, the most important thing to remember is that inaction pretty much guarantees that your problem won’t be solved. So just do something, and use that first step as the groundwork for all the rest.


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