Look at This When You Need Help Solving a Problem

Has there been something on your mind that is just driving you crazy lately? It’s common nowadays to become consumed by stress, and let any problems in your life take over.

With so much going on, you can’t help but run into a bunch of drama from time to time, and that is just the tipping point for most people.

So, I have outlined a process that will help you solve literally any problem you run into.

It may help you get through something now, or it will help you so that one day you can find the strength to overcome it.

Problem Solving Flowchart

The key idea of this flowchart is this:

Instead of worrying and getting stressed out over every little problem, you need to understand that not everything is in your hands and you can’t do everything to resolve an issue.

What good does worrying do when you are powerless to solve a problem? None.

When you know how to solve a problem, then you don’t have a problem anymore. Continuing to stress or worry about it is just causing you a lot of harm for absolutely nothing.

How does this help you?

Do you think this is a proper way to think, or is it too passive?

Let me know in the comments how this idea has impacted you.

About the author: Alex Mangini is an 18-year-old web designer, blogger and founder of Life Notion. He has been helping people online since the age of 14, and hopes to inspire even more through the blog. Follow him on Twitter →

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Derek Jensen September 24, 2011 at 5:22 am


I actually don’t view this as being passive. I see a passive way of “solving” a problem would be to complain about it all the time. I’d say this way is active.

Alex September 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm


So is this the sort of approach you take as well then?

Derek Jensen September 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm


Yes. It is certainly not a practice I’ve been doing for some time though but it is a better one for now and the future. Almost reminds me of living in the mind of minimalism.

Dinesh September 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm


What happened to kolakube man?

Alex September 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm


Back up and running.

King Sidharth September 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm


Oh the self help you! I like it :D
Gotta get my fingers back there too :P

Alex September 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm


Yep, been something I’ve been wanting to do ever since Blogussion!

What’s your latest project?

Nick Scheidies September 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm


Alex – this chart is great in its simplicity. I don’t think it’s too passive. A lot of people spend a lot of time worrying about problems that don’t have solutions.

I really like lifenotion so far, Alex and I’ll be coming back to see what develops.

Yeah Sid, what have you been up to?

Alex September 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm


I just feel like people need to think a little simpler sometimes…and yes, to understand that if there really is NOTHING they can do, to not let it get to them as much. There’s so much more I can say about that, and definitely want to continue in future posts. ;-)

And glad you like it man, I’m just about ready to officially “get it out there.” Hope to see you around buddy, it’s been a long time!

King Sidharth October 11, 2011 at 4:44 am


Been building stuff :P Will mail ya guys soon.

Joe Wilner November 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm



I like the model and think you’re right on. If we can do something about this is very empowering and we are in a great place to solve our problems. However, when we can’t make immediate change or there is not apparent solution, learning to let go and stay in the moment is key. If we let our lack of control overtake our emotional state we are only going to get more anxious and more stressed. You mention the importance of our interpretations and perspectives about situations and this is so important to become aware of.

Alex Mangini November 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm


Thanks for the comment Joe!

I just feel like so much anger/sadness/worry can be avoided by keeping a level head and understanding the situation, and thinking about the right couse of action to take. No problem is unsolvable, so there’s nothing to worry about.

Danielle Lynn November 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm


I love the simplicity of the chart. It’s true, yet hard for me to follow. I was recently dealing with a problem that I had no power over, but found myself constantly trying to think of what I could do to fix it.

Sometimes the best way to solve the problem is to stop trying to ‘solve’ it :)

Thanks for the graph and post,

Alex Mangini November 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm


Hey Danielle,

Thanks for stopping by. :-D The chart is definitely simple, but I can understand how hard it can be to actually use. Once you figure it out, it’s probably going to be a philosophy you will want to follow for the rest of your life as I think it’s an extremely powerful message.

Hope to see you around more!

Chris Richards - Mindnod.com November 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm


This has always been my philosophy and I’m pretty good at not worrying but some people have to be talked through their worries before they will stop worrying. Even then they don’t give up their worries easily and may still hang on to them secretly.

Alex Mangini November 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm


Hey Chris, thanks for the comment!

Glad to see I’m not alone. :-D

I agree, some people need more guidance than others. That’s fine. It’s possible to hide a problem away for a while, but I think it will come back out again.

Angelina November 22, 2011 at 11:44 am


HI Alex,
I have no words to say you, You are genius. I like your philosophy. I do not even give up y worries easily.

Rochelle November 24, 2011 at 6:51 am


Thank you SO much for posting this. Especially the picture. I really needed it today. Big ups to you!

Alex Mangini November 30, 2011 at 11:30 am


Glad this helped you out Rochelle! :-D

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