When comes talk about problem-solving skills, positive thinking skills can help and lead you to above of average level. With high quality problem-solving skills in your arsenal, you can open the way to continue improve your personal life, business success and growth. So to turn your ordinary problem-solving skills into positive problem-solving skills, follow below these steps:
1. Define the problem
Once you can accurately define the exact origin of a problem, you are halfway to solving it. By setting out the problem in a clearly defined way, you will be able to see exactly what needs to be done to rectify the situation better. Keep these definitions simple and to the point. Do not allow emotional or unrealistic issues to cloud the statement.
For example, if your new sales letter is not producing the desired results, do not define the problem by just stating that same fact. Instead, re-word the problem to state a well-defined point of origin. An example of this would be to say “my sales letter lacks enough description and motivation to make my customers buy.” With this description, you now know that your letter needs to use more descriptive words and also needs a tag line to motivate your customers to buy.
2. List your feelings about the situation
Are there any feelings or beliefs that could hold you back from solving the problem? If so, use your positive thinking skills to change those views. Once you release any negative thoughts about the situation, you will clear the way for unhindered resolution.
For example, if you were the one that wrote the sales letter you may let your feelings of insecurity convince you that the letter would fail no matter what you did. Instead, use positive self-talk techniques, visualization and affirmations to overcome your insecurities and rewrite the letter in a more desirable way.
3. State a positive outcome for this problem
Using your positive goal setting skills, change this event from a problem to be solved into a goal to be accomplished. Once you have the goal written out, use your skills to follow the steps to accomplishment.
For example, you could state the outcome for the above example as “The rewrite of this new sales letter contains the perfect product description to entice my customers and the tag line includes words to motivate them to buy right now”.
4. Determine the positive steps necessary to accomplishing this goal
Once you have a clear goal set, you can turn your focus to accomplishing that goal. List each step using positive, action-oriented language in a way that breaks down each step into a separate and achievable goal.
For instance, using the same example as above, you could break down the steps as follows.
• I will rewrite paragraph two of my sales letter to include more positive, upbeat descriptions.
• I will add the incentive of a free newsletter to entice my customers to buy.
• I will add a line that offers a discounted price to anyone who orders in the next twenty-four hours.
Use your visualizations skills to imagine a perfect outcome to the problem. Run the perfect solution through your mind. Pay attention to how you respond and act. Strive to actually see yourself solving the problem in a desirable way. Use this visualization to guide you through the actual act of problem solving.
5. Put your preparation into action
Now that you have step up a simple process to solve the problem, act immediately to follow through. It is best to act immediately while your positive attitude is primed for success. Plus, immediate action will help keep you motivated to see the process through to its successful end.
Review your process. After a problem is solved, you need to go back over the details of the problem and the process to learn from them. How could you have avoided the problem in the first place? What could you have done differently to speed the resolution along? How closely did the actual outcome resemble your imagined outcome?
It is important that you take this step after the problem has been solved so that you do not bog yourself down with negative feelings in the beginning and so that you can use your feelings of success to think back on the incident in a positive manner.
This step, while easily forgotten, is very important because it allows you exercise your positive thinking skills. This exercise will reinforce your skills and help you strengthen and perfect them before the next problem arises.