Solving a Problem and Making a Decision

Ivette J. Russo MS in Clinical Psychology

I wanted to cover the fear of solving a problem and making a decision individually, because I have come to the realization, that indecision can drain your mental and physical resources. Not knowing what to do or when to do it is one of the most frustrating situations I can think of. Sometimes a person becomes confused about when a decision should be made. The answer is ever so simple! Whenever there is a PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED. If there is no problem to be solved, then no action is necessary. Now, below is an outline you can follow to begin solving some of your problems using sound and logical decision making skills without fear.

1. Recognize the problem. When does a problem exist? If it’s a personal problem, then a good rule of thumb to follow is that whenever some aspect of your life has become unmanageable, you have a problem. In your dealing with other people, you have a problem whenever an incident occurs or conditions exist that adversely affect your relationships with them.

2. Make an estimate of the situation.

3. Find out the exact cause of the problem and determine all the possible solutions.

4. Compare and evaluate the possible solutions.

5. Make a decision; select the best solution.

6. Take the appropriate action; put your solution into effect.

Now you are armed with the psychological skills you need to begin solving your problems.

Keep moving forward!

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