This is often due to either problems not being recognised or being recognised but not being dealt with appropriately.
This stage involves: detecting and recognising that there is a problem; identifying the nature of the problem; defining the problem.
The first phase of problem solving may sound obvious but often requires more thought and analysis.
If there were no barriers in the way of achieving a goal, then there would be no problem.
Problem solving involves overcoming the barriers or obstacles that prevent the immediate achievement of goals.