Critical Thinking Steps To Solve Any Problem



hey everyone this is James and thanks for checking out leadership vibes YouTube page and in this video we're going to talk about how to solve problems and the way to solve a problem is to really use critical thinking steps and to ensure that you have everything that you need to identify the solution to the problem it's no fun to go through every day or week or whatever it may be and just have problems that exist that you're not sure how to figure out how to solve so this video is all about solving problems in six simple steps and once you apply it I've applied it many times and once you use it and once you start realizing that just by following these steps you're really figuring out what the problem is and how to solve for it and what to do with it you'll you'll start to really go after it and really solve more problems and really take initiatives in helping other people solve problems so with that said let's jump right into it steps 1 through 2 on how to solve a problem is pretty simple right you need to figure out what the problem is and you need to figure out what the symptoms of the problem are so here is the thing that people get it wrong people go after the symptoms of the problem first and then they try to figure out the problem that's the wrong way to go about it you never want to chase symptoms so let's say you have a very very hard time sleeping just can't sleep through the night for whatever reason right that is a symptom of a root cause or a root problem so you need to start thinking well why am I not sleeping is it my eating habits and my stress out all the time am I going to bed really late am i watching TV really late what is going on do you did you have caffeine really late whatever it may be you need to figure out what the problem is and not chase the symptom so start figuring out what the problem is then go to the symptoms once you do that you're going to hop over and you're going to say well what assumptions are being made and is the evidence reliable so with the assumptions you can start saying in the sleep example well I do go to bed late sometimes I do drink coffee late sometimes whatever the assumptions maybe you need identify those assumptions because assumptions as you know they're not rooted in facts are just assumptions and the assumptions can either steer you off on the wrong path too we're finding out what the real problem is or hopefully maybe very limited amount of time they actually steer you on the right path so assumptions can steer you wrong if you don't say what is the evidence behind these assumptions once you start putting evidence behind assumptions you're going to figure out if it's fact if if it's not fact this car if it's fact keep it but assumptions can and will steer you wrong so that's why you have to have to identify what evidence there is and is it reliable once you do that you go to steps five through six you say is there critical information missing and then you say is there another reason for the problem so once you figure out if there's information missing and this is kind of a hard part for some people because it's not easy to identify it one of the times you have to kind of think outside of the box because the problems here its presence in front of you you have evidence but you know what is there missing information it is something that you need to know in order to solve the problem or to actually figure out what the problem is and then from there you say well is there another reason for this problem once again you have to step outside of the box be objective not subjective if you're the reason for all the problem own up to it or if you know somebody is close to you this is a reason for the problem then you have to own up to that and tell them that as well which is not always easy right so just to recap really quick steps one through six hopefully you have a pen and paper something you can write this down you have to identify what the problem is first and then you have to figure out what the symptoms of the problem are well sometimes the symptoms of the problem will steer you to the problem but a lot of times you can just go right after and figure out what the problem is and then you're going to start listing out the symptoms of the problem and you'll be amazed at how many come up you'll be amazing how impactful those are and on you and other people that you associate with once you do that you say what assumptions are being made with this problem and are they backed by evidence and is evidence reliable once you do that you're going to throw away the assumptions that are going to steer you wrong and you're only going to keep the assumptions that are now facts because you have evidence to support it I need to say reliable evidence to support those assumptions that are now facts and then you say is there missing information is something I'm missing is there something I'm not understanding what else could it be and then that's where you go into is there another reason for this problem so once you do these six steps you're gonna brace you're probably going to have a full sheet of paper and bullet points with each of these things and you have lists under each of them and you're going to be able to present a business case not all problems are solvable within your control you can't solve every problem so if it's a work thing if you know back to the the sleep analogy if you give your doctor a list of the six steps and then bullet points underneath step they're going to be able to look at this more and say oh well here this is what you need to do right some things are out of our control some things are out of our bandwidth and out of our scope and but we also know people that can solve the problem if you give somebody a business case like we're going to present here with these six steps is going to steer them more on the right track it's going to show that you've done your due diligence that you've taken time to really look through this problem and then they'll more likely come back to you if it's in a work setting or family/friends whatever and say can you help me solve this problem you say sure you go through these one steps one through six and it's just it's all it always produces fruit it always helps you identify and get past the problems and find the solutions and work a method out to reduce the problem alleviate it and make it into a win so the conclusion here is this there is a solution every problem yes I know it's a cliche everybody's heard it before but the reality is if you take the time like it like I just described in these six steps to really figure out what the problem is figure out the assumptions figure out the evidence figure out there's any reasons figure out if there's anything missing all of those things it's going to present a solution to the problem it's not going to present a problem that's just a problem that's going to present a solution that's up you're going to find a solution to the problem sorry so make sure you follow these six steps they will they will pay dividends over and over again and also please make sure to check out leadership vibe net on there there's a lot of different posts that I've done on how to develop your leadership abilities and how to become a better stronger more productive more influential leader and I really hope you enjoyed this video and I look forward to seeing you next time thanks a lot and have a good one

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