However many opportunities are missed or not taken full advantage of.
Often we are unsure how to take advantage of an opportunity and create barriers - reasons why we can't take advantage. All problems have two features in common: goals and barriers.
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These barriers can turn a potentially positive situation into a negative one, a problem. It is human nature to notice and focus on small, easy to solve problems but much harder to work on the big problems that may be causing some of the smaller ones. Problems involve setting out to achieve some objective or desired state of affairs and can include avoiding a situation or event.
It's useful to consider the following questions when faced with a problem. Goals can be anything that you wish to achieve, or where you want to be.However well prepared we are for problem solving, there is always an element of the unknown.Although planning and structuring will help make the problem solving process more likely to be successful, good judgement and an element of good luck will ultimately determine whether problem solving was a success.In order to be effective at problem solving you are likely to need some other key skills, which include: It is worth also considering our own view of what a problem is.We are constantly exposed to opportunities in life, at work, at school and at home.It would be wonderful to have the ability to solve all problems efficiently and in a timely fashion without difficulty, unfortunately though there is no one way in which all problems can be solved.You will discover, as you read through our pages on problem solving, that the subject is complex.If there were no barriers in the way of achieving a goal, then there would be no problem.Problem solving involves overcoming the barriers or obstacles that prevent the immediate achievement of goals.Following our examples above, if you feel hungry then your goal is to eat.A barrier to this may be that you have no food available - so you take a trip to the supermarket and buy some food, removing the barrier and thus solving the problem.