This is a problem-solving method where you assure yourself that the solution to a problem already exists, you just need to find it. It completely reverses the usual way we think about fixing our issues. Instead of focussing on the problem, now you look at the entire system (as a whole) and all of the things that give it life and energy. You then build on those positive qualities. It is a positive method of problem-solving rather than a negative one.
Just ask – ”Ok let’s forget what is not working, let’s ask what IS working and how does it get better than it already is?”
By asking positive questions of people, you can build their enthusiasm and energy to enact positive change. When you do this with an entire workforce, you can unleash the positive core of your organization. This kind of viewpoint can magnify the good and automatically solve many problems in an organization. People will naturally gravitate towards what “works” instead of what doesn’t.
Scenario: State the problem. What is bothering you. What isnt going your way. Personal. Professional. Write it down on a paper. Now get ready to make 3 points.
1) Find the Positive Aspects of the Current Situation
You have to increase your positive awareness by figuring out what is working, both now and in the past. This includes personal strengths and characteristics of employees, managers, and your entire workforce.
Ask questions like “What aspects of the situation/problem are working well at the moment?” Or “What strengths can you draw on to help you through this situation? What factors are in your favor rather than working against you?” Even in the worst situation, you can find positive things to focus on. By doing so, you will have a more positive outlook, and that can lead to a more positive outcome.
2) Identify past successes and how you overcame it
Identify the last time you felt this uneasy or were in a similar mind-set in the past, when you hit a roadblock. Just experience what it was like when were felt stuck. One of the most valuable resources that we have is our past. Everyone has different experiences, different ways of looking at the world, all informed by their past. By identifying the key strengths, characteristics, and external resources that have helped us in our life, we can apply these same learnings to our current problem. Instead of looking upon past mistakes as regrettable, one must always remember the past WINS that made us get out of sticky situations and challenges. Our mind needs to reinforce itself with positivity. Our past is nothing but lessons that will help us navigate your problems now. We already have the map to the treasure island. It is in our memory.
Ask questions such as “What was the silver lining in the last problem that you faced?” and “Can you think of a similar situation in your past that you successfully navigated?” Finding these parallels and identifying these positives will help you put the issue into perspective and allow you to utilize your past experiences to help solve the problem.
3) Apply 2 and 3
What has worked for a similar experience in the past? Now that you have identified some positive factors about yourself and your past experience that could help you deal with the current situation, you should apply them!! Utilize these strengths to help you address the problem.
Capitalize on everything you have going for you, come at the problem from a positive and appreciative place, and you may be able to find a solution that you wouldn’t have if you focused on the negative aspects alone.