Our life is loaded with infinite number of problems. Everyday we face some or the other problem whether it is related to our personal or professional lives. What i have personally observed about myself is that i often tend to linger about the problems i face which in one or the other way affect me. I was never able to find an effective solution for that particular problem easily. I have many friends who also fail to deal with problematic situations in their lives. I got to know about the problem solving strategy during my summer course which came out to be very helpful for me. All we need to do to solve a problem is to analyse that particular situation and find out effective solution for it. It must be sounding very easy, right? But it is not so! We need to think optimistically to solve it. At times, we make wrong decisions for a particular problem which make  us dolorous because we didn’t think effectively about it. Let us know understand the seven steps of problem solving:
1) Identify the problem– How many of us actually know what the problem is with crystal clearity? Honestly, i have a habit of mixing up many problems and finally letting myself into trouble. The very first crucial thing is to identify what we are going through and not to immerse it with other things.
2)Select realistic goals- This is something where we all lag behind. We all lack pragmatic thinking abilities. We tend to think negatively about it and don’t realise that what can be achieved from that problem. So, from now onwards we all should definitely try thinking and making ideas out of that problem.
3)Explore options- This is quite easy to do. We should look for options. Options could be anything. For example:-Share the problem with your friends, they might come up with a good idea ; think about it in your own way- what will happen if i do that or let me try that thing out, who knows it might work! Some people cry when they feel upst about it. Crying is a good exercise at times. It lets your emotions flow easily and makes you feel light. After crying, i am able to think more effectively.
4)Consider consequences- It is very important that in order to make a particular decision about a problem, we consider its consequences. This will help you make right decision.
5) Make decision- Remember, that if you you have properly followed the above four steps, only then you’ll be able to make appropriate decision.
6) Take action- After finally analysing and coming to a decision, implement it. Respond appropriately.
7) Evaluate- Evaluation is extremely important to make ourselves realise and learn a lesson from it. Were we able to cope up with it? Did we make right decision about it? Are we contented the way we dealt with it? Most importantly, are we happy for the decision that we made?
Personally speaking, i never ever even realised that following these steps would make problem solving so easier. Just the way we think about the problem solving questions in mathematics, we need to think in the same way in our lives also. A question can be solved using various formulas but you should be diligent enough to apply the one which solves it in few seconds and gives correct answer. These are some very important things that go ignorant because we never think about them.  I hope that these steps will help each one of us in dealing with our life problems everywhere. 🙂