In step one of this series, you identified the problem, looked at it from different perspectives and expanded it to include all possible contributing factors.
In step two, you listed potential solutions. As you brainstormed and generated possibilities, fresh ideas were added to your list without preliminary judgment or comparisons.
Now, in step three, it is time to evaluate, prioritize and choose.
Which solutions are relevant and helpful? Which might point to another possibility you hadn’t thought of yet?
“You think you’ve got problems – you should hear what happened to me last week…”
And on and on it goes – we cannot wait to get together and share our stories of what new disaster we encountered.
Problems usually require a decision of some kind. Most decisions are small, but even small ones have consequences.
Today on my blog and podcast, I’m starting a new series on problem-solving. This week, we’ll examine decision-making and I’ll introduce you to five basic problem-solving steps.
As I begin this Threads of Life series, I would like to give some background on why FOCUS is so important and why it is the name I chose for my company, my motto, and my website.
When my husband and I took early retirement from teaching in Oregon, we moved to northern Washington to build our dream home and spend time sailing in the San Juan Islands.
My husband joined a group of talented musicians who played in a local rehearsal band and I returned to teaching part time at Chapman University Extension Center. However, long evening class hours prompted me to leave the formal classroom for good and start giving workshops and classes in ADHD parenting, pain management, stress management and communication.
Life is full of challenges. Some challenges will be fairly straightforward while others will require major adjustment and reframing to meet the demands within them.
Years ago, when I was helping design and write a class on Chronic Illness, we reviewed a book by Arnold Beisser titled, Flying without Wings: Personal Reflections on Loss, Disability and Healing. Arnold was a young man ready to conquer the world. He was an athlete and tennis champion and had just completed medical school when polio struck. He found himself in an iron lung instead of in an office taking on new clients.
As he lay there unable to move, paralyzed from head to foot, he asked himself, Now what? His life seemed over. But he decided to take it back and gradually began to reframe his situation.