ADVENTURES OF 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 lying 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 cannot 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. |