Creative Problem Solving

  • 1. Creative Problem Solving helps people to solve problems- both official and personal- in an innovative and effective way.
  • 2. It aims at training our mind in a particular way – the Quest way- to solve problems.
  • 3. We use the mind for solving problems because mind is stronger than body; rather than hitting physically, we suggest we should hit mentally the problems so that they get resolved much more easily.

What is a problem?

  • 1. When we want to achieve some goal or reach a destination or want to have something for ourselves, and when we start moving towards it, some obstacle comes in the way; we call this obstacle a problem.
  • 2. This can be viewed as an obstruction in the energy field surrounding us and the goal we want to achieve. ( a mass or a stone in the energy field), when we try to move towards the goal.
  • 3. This obstruction stops the free flow of energy from us to the goal.
  • 4. Thus problem can be viewed as an obstruction to the free flow of energy from us in reaching the goal.

The first vital steps to solve problems effectively:

  • 1. The first thing is to de-link the problem from the person whom we may think is the problem!
  • Invariably people will be associated with any problem but it is hardly ever that the people are the problem; it may be that, what a person has just done may have created the problem. May be anybody could have created the same problem as well!
  • 2. The big and singular mistake we do is to mix up the person with the problem and think the person is the problem and set about solving the problem i.e., setting right the people!
  • 3. As we have no means to change anybody else’s tap ( success tap), we cannot change anybody else except ourselves and therefore it is pointless to take people as the problem and solving it! We must first learn to separate THE PROBLEM from the person involved!

Is problem to be desired, looked at positively or to be considered as undesirable, looked at negatively?

  • 1. If there is no problem, we are not needed- particularly managers in office and heads of families at home. This way problems help our survival and one major reason for our continuing to live! !
  • 2. So we should welcome problems as they arise, rather than detest them and get frustrated when they come up.
  • 3. Problems are a fact of life, so we should look at them positively ( ah! One more problem has come!) and not negatively ( areh! Yet another problem has cropped up); if we look at the problem negatively, we will not be able to solve that problem!
  • 4. We should take our role as to solve each and every problem that comes in the way, and this is possible only when we learn to look at problems positively!
  • 5. Problems create opportunities for us to earn our living!
  • 6. If you do not have a problem I won’t be here! This does not mean that we should create problems for ourselves and for others but should welcome problems that come along our way!
  • 7. Incidentally there is no problem with no solution: In this session we will learn to solve problems ourselves and how to get the problems solved by others too!
  • 8. But many believe that the problems they face- at least some of them- are unsolvable and they quit or resign; that is, they think TIME will sort out the problem, and until then, they should live with the problem!
  • 9. At least they should not grumble about the problem which they have accepted as unsolvable but they do!!
  • 10. Many people think the problems they face are tough to be solved and God has chosen them to experience such unsolvable problems!
  • 11. In such a situation, we should remember Johari Window, how we cut Hidden Self and merge that portion with the Open self and gain success and how our ability to solve a problem diminishes if we are so closely linked to the problem ourselves. ( The best pediatrician in town takes his own kid to the next best pediatrician!) The method suggested was share your problem with a carefully selected well-wisher who also has the expertise to solve the problem.