Seems easy enough, but identifying the challenge or problem is actually the hardest of all 7 steps. It's the hardest step because to actually complete it, we have to point the finger at the last place any finger ever wants to point... ourselves. A difficult pill to swallow, but until we can swallow it, we'll never be able to see that life is way more than just something waiting to happen to us, it's our battlefield, and on this battlefield, the only challenges or problems that actually continue to exist are the ones we allow.
What is the cause of the challenge or problem? Why is it happening? Is it something you're doing? Is it something you're not doing? Is it something someone else is doing? Is it something someone else is not doing?
When analyzing a challenge or problem, it's too easy just to think about what somebody else is or isn't doing. Consequently, the key to Step 2 is being able to identify what YOU are or aren't doing that's contributing to the challenge or problem.
What do you want to happen? What do you want to stop happening?
First off, what is a solution? A solution is a means of solving a problem or conquering a challenge. Keep in mind, solutions are not temporary fixes and they do not result in unconquered challenges. If your solution does not solve the problem or allow you to conquer the challenge, it's not a solution at all.
Weigh the pros and cons of each possible solution and determine which solution is the best. The best solution is the one that kills the problem or conquers the challenge for good.
The best solution is the one that's going to allow you to move forward, conquer the challenge, leave the past where it belongs (yesterday), and ultimately; Live, Succeed, and Enjoy Life.
Has your solution solved the problem or allowed you to conquer the challenge? Is so, 1 problem down, 98 more to go. If your solution isn't working, ensure that you have correctly identified the problem, thoroughly analyzed it, and defined a realistic goal. From there, repeat steps 4 through 7.
If you find yourself running into the same problems and challenges just with different people, places or things, then it is super important to note that you have yet to effectively solve or conquer anything. The best way to explain it is to consider each challenge or problem as its own entity. It will live until it ceases to exist.