Every problem has solution

More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking How many times have
you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and
that that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing
that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No
solutions. Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still
before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such
enormous problems, you may feel like you're hammering against a steel mountain. The
pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming. But rejoice! There
might be some hope yet! With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be
able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the
end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions. First of all, in the light of
creative problem-solving, you must be
 open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the
problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems
you thought were unsolvable. Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a
little bit more creative in solving our problems. Number one; maybe the reason we
cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the
problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete
understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem. If you know how it
works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the
problem. Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to
identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another
are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current
problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is. Number two;
 try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of
problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible
solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions
need to be addressed. Number three; try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it
going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is
called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a
one-sentence solution to that from them. The solution should be a general statement
of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and
increase its complexity little by little. Number four; although it helps to have
critical thinking aboard as you solve a problem, you must also keep a creative,
analytical voice at the back of your head. When someone comes up with a prospective
solution, tried to think how you could make that solution work. Try to be
 creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that solution. Number
five; it pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being
developed at one time. Try to keep track of all the solutions and their
developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.
Number six; remember that old adage," two heads are better than one." That one is
truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from
listening to all the ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person
you're talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours. You don't
have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize
collective thought on the subject, it would be much better. Number seven; be
patient. As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will
present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time
around.
 Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest be a more creative
problems solver. Here is one example. Take a piece of paper and write any word that
comes to mind at the center. Now look at that word then write the first two words
that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a tree of related words.
This helps you build analogical skills, and fortify your creative processes. So,
next time you see a problem you think you can not solve, think again. The solution
might just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little creative
thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.

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