You can increase your speed, effectiveness, and confidence to solve problems. The goal of good decision making is to make decisions more rationally and wisely. We really do have a choice about many important things in our lives and can avoid making decisions sloppily or by default. We can avoid the irrational ideas, false assumptions, fears and emotions that block good problem solving.
A problem well stated is half-solved. Use your negative feelings to let you know you may have a problem. Recognize problems early. Decide if there is a problem or if you are exaggerating or minimizing the problem. When in doubt, ask someone you trust. When you have consciously decided on a new philosophy of life, most decisions are much easier. What should take priority in your life? What are your goals? You can’t be outstanding at anything without some commitment. You set priorities and make decisions, either consciously or simply by how you spend your time (Malouff, 2006).
Revisit your “Problem List Worksheet,” at the end of Chapter two. Clarify each problem and add to your list. Take the time to list all the problems you are facing, including high-risk and general health problems. First tackle the things that are likely to turn into bigger problems if you don’t take action. You are ready to solve a problem, if you’ve defined the problem, determined your goal, and decided to deal with that particular problem. All good problem-solving methods require you to stop reacting impulsively, slow down, and recognize the problem. At this crucial point in your life, take time to define and understand each life problem and your goals clearly.