From Confusion to Clear Thinking
Isn’t it important to learn the facts of a situation you are involved with to add clarity to decision-making? If we do not know facts, or do not understand them, then we can be locked into a world of confusion and frustration. As individuals, we try to solve problems to better our lives, or to better the lives of others, especially those that we love. The author, Hy Ruchlis, in his book “Clear Thinking, A Practical Introduction” identified fact-based principles to help solve problems. These principles also provide a problem-solving methodology that you can apply to your life.
First, define your problem, and the elements within it (write it down). Avoid finding reasons for your problem outside of yourself. What exactly is the obstacle to your happiness? Try to define your problem by describing it in one paragraph or less.
Second, determine all of the facts surrounding the problem to find causes, effects, and solutions to the problem.
Third, use your reasoning ability to identify all of the most important facts and circumstances that are keeping this unresolved problem part of your life. Challenge yourself to take a dispassionate, self-reflective look at yourself, the issues involved, and your place within the problem.
Fourth, by clearly identifying the facts surrounding your problem you are taking an issue that has had some level of control over your life and your are reducing it to more manageable parts. By taking a simpler approach and looking at separate elements of an issue you can more easily find resolutions, and even conclusions that lead you to determine actions to overcome problems.