When it comes to solving problems, there is a big difference between finding a solution and finding a solution to the problem.
When we’re simply just finding a solution we tend to come up with things that are short-term, quick to do and don’t really address the issue.
Lets take the example of being upset with someone. Now imagine that the solution you choose is to go off and take space until you’re no longer upset. Then, by the time you come back to the other person you’re now totally over it. That is a potential solution but it doesn’t actually solve anything.
A solution to that problem could instead be still taking space if you need it but then also voicing to the other person how you felt about their actions. That way you create space for discussion rather than being closed off and holding things in.
And so the next time you have a problem to solve don’t just find a solution, find a solution that is right for the problem.