Last Updated on 3 August 2023

After a long flight and taxi ride, you reached the door of your beach rental. Instead of a typical metal key, the renter provided some sort of key-FOB. Is it magnetic? Does it have a chip? No matter what you try, where you tap the “key”, it won’t unlock. It’s not the key that’s wrong, but your understanding of the lock. Once you grasp how it works, the door swings open.

This is how problem-solving works too. You don’t need to be a genius to solve complex problems (or open the door to a beach condo). Sometimes, all you need is to take a step back and really understand what’s going on.

Get What’s Going On

Feel like you’re stuck in a mess? Let’s figure out how to see the problem in different ways.

  • Ask Yourself Questions: Are there things you’re just assuming without really thinking about them? Challenge those thoughts and see where it leads you.
  • Talk to Others: Other people might see things differently. Ask them what they think, and you might find a new way to look at the problem.
  • Divide and Conquer: Big problem? Break it into smaller bits. You might find that it’s easier to handle that way.

The Answers Will Come

Once you really get the problem, you’ll start to see solutions everywhere. Here’s how you can get to that point:

  • Trust Your Gut: Sometimes, your first thought is the right one. Don’t overthink it!
  • Try Stuff Out: Play around with the problem. Test different ideas. Who knows? You might stumble on the perfect solution.
  • Keep It Simple: Sometimes, the best answers are the easiest ones. Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be.

If you’re stuck on something, don’t panic. The problem might be easier than it looks. Try to see it from different angles and truly understand it, and you might find the answers right before you.

Like that vacation rental, understanding the lock is the key to everything. The next time you face a problem, take a deep breath, look at it from all sides, and see what happens. You might be surprised at how quickly the solutions appear!