6 Simple Steps To Creative Thinking

6 Simple Steps to Creative Thinking

How many times have you felt that a particular problem you may have just cannot be solved? How many times have you caught yourself saying that you just don’t know how to find the answer?

I know how you feel, for many years I found problem solving almost impossible, and at times completely overwhelming. Despite examining all possible options I still found myself, frustrated, tired and absolutely out of fresh ideas. Until, that is, I discovered these simple but little known problem solving techniques that the world’s most successful people have been using for thousands of years to help them with their creative thinking.

The success I have achieved using these techniques has been nothing short of miraculous, as I have gone from a problem solving rookie to a business powerhouse with problem after problem melting away like ice in the springtime.

So read on my friends as I reveal my 6 simple steps to creative thinking that if you follow, will propel your life into the stratosphere! (You WILL be surprised how simple these are).

Step Number One.

Understand the problem. No! REALLY understand the problem. Get right down and dirty with your problem, get right to the bottom, take a real hard look at what the problem is. Brainstorm with your peers or colleagues. Once you know how it works, EXACTLY what the problem is, then you have a MUCH better foundation towards solving IT.

Try to identify the different entities within your particular problem and what their relationships with one another are. Write down ALL of the things you stand to gain and those with which you will lose. Once you have done this you will have made a simple statement of EXACTLY what the problem is.

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Step Number Two.

Solve the problem in parts, from the top down, that is take a general view across the whole of the problem, then down through the more detailed parts. So, write down the question, and then try to come up with a one-sentence solution from there. Your answer should be only a general statement of the solution, then from here you develop it further, and if necessary increase the complexity a little piece at a time.

Step Number Three.

When trying to solve a problem using creative thinking, it helps if you also keep a fairly critical mentality throughout the process. So whilst thinking up the solution, and arriving at a possible answer, you must continue to analyse further by constantly looking for any weaknesses.

But it is worth remembering at this point that we are trying to be creative with our thinking here and although it helps to have a certain amount of critical thinking onboard as you attempt to solve your problem, you simply MUST keep your creative juices flowing by searching through your answers (whatever they may be), with a fine tooth comb. If you constantly try to be creative, guess what? you eventually WILL BE!

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Step Number Four.

I am sure you remember that old adage,” two heads are better than one.” Well, it’s true, especially when you are problem solving. I have already alluded to the brainstorming of a solution in step number one, and this is a way for you to always remain open to new ideas and solutions.

So discuss other ideas, it can ONLY benefit the creative thinking process you are involved in. You are not on your own here, DO NOT be gung-ho, organising collective thought is a MUCH better and simpler less stressful way of doing things.

Step Number Five.

It is very important to know that there is probably more than just one answer or solution being developed at any one time. So you must develop a system that keeps track of all the solutions and their progress. Remember, it is EXTREMELY rare for there to be ONLY one answer or solution to any particular problem. (unless, of course you are a mathematician)

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Step Number Six;

You must be patient. As long as you persevere, and keep thinking, there is always a solution WILL present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention at the very first time of trying.

So that’s it, my simple 6 step process to creative thinking in relation to problem solving. By following these creative thinking exercises YOU can easily become a champion problem solver.

Finally, I would like to leave you with a simple mental exercise which you can use as an aid to strengthening your creative thinking muscles:

Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind in the centre. Now concentrate and focus on that word, and then write the first two words that immediately spring to mind. Then do the same again with these 2 words. Keep doing this until you have built a whole tree of related words. This will help with your analogical skills, and also helps to strengthen the creative processes.

So, the very next time you see a problem you think cannot be solved, then think again, because the answer may well be staring you right in the face, and all it takes is a little bit of creative thinking.

I hope this helps you.

All the best
-Jon

7 Tips to Make You More Creative

Follow these tips to be more creative. Use your improved creativity to develop and donate ideas to help others.

Many great things have started as an simple, creative idea. Consider donating some of your best ideas to help others. The more creative you are, the more ideas you will be able to create. You can be creative even if you don’t think you are.

I have known many people that were scared to use a computer for the first few times. However, after diving into it they became more comfortable. They were willing to take a risk and make some mistakes. The result was an ability to learn and do things they would never be able to do without the use of a computer.

Being creative and thinking up world-changing ideas occurs in the same way. Everyone can be creative but they have to be willing to start. The creative process will then become more natural over time.

Try the following tips to help you on your journey to be more creative:

1. Record your ideas on whatever is comfortable and convenient at the moment .  What is important is that you record your ideas. In the past, I have forgotten ideas that I thought of when I was on a walk. Now I carry a digital recorder with me on those walks. At other times I use my computer, notepad or journal. Choose what will work best for you and make sure you have a way to record your ideas at all times. You never know when an important idea will surface.

2. Don’t limit yourself to ideas that seem possible. Capture all of your ideas.  Even those that seem impossible to implement are important for a couple of reasons. First, what seems impossible to you may not be impossible sometime in the future or for someone else. Second, impossible ideas encourage further creative ideas that might be more likely to be implemented.

3. Change your scenery or location.  A change in scenery can stimulate the creativity inside you. A change might be as simple as looking out a window. You can also visit someplace new like a park, beach, or mall. The new environment can foster new ideas.

4. Read on many topics . It is amazing how many things in a totally unrelated subject can prompt new ideas. By broadening your knowledge into more areas, you make your creativity potential grows.

5. Go for a walk. Some of my best ideas have happened when I was on a walk. This applies to any form of moderate exercise. I have heard of others that have written articles and speeches while waalking or jogging.

6. Focus in 10-15 minute increments. It does not take a significant amount of time to brainstorm some potential ideas. In fact, brainstorming works best when done for short periods of time. Concentrate for a few minutes on generate as many ideas to address a specific area or problem. Then capture anything that comes to mind throughout the rest of the day (see tip #1). You will have several ideas for consideration for little investment of time. One of those could become something tremendous for helping others.

7. Think big. What question are you asking to prompt your ideas? The larger the question, the larger the impact those ideas may have on the world. You can start by addressing smaller problems but don’t limit yourself to those. You have unique experiences, knowledge and talents that should be applied to helping others on a grand scale as well.

Follow these tips and you will be on your way to generating ideas that have the potential to change the world. Don’t let your previous lack of creativity keep you from developing and donating your ideas. Get started today.

More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking

How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No solutions.

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!

With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.

First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.

Number one; maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem. If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.

Number two; try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

Number three; try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them. The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.

Number four; although it helps to have critical thinking aboard as you solve a problem, you must also keep a creative, analytical voice at the back of your head. When someone comes up with a prospective solution, tried to think how you could make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that solution.

Number five; it pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at one time. Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

Number six; remember that old adage,” two heads are better than one.” That one is truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from listening to all the ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person you’re talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.

You don’t have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thought on the subject, it would be much better.

Number seven; be patient. As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.

Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest be a more creative problems solver.

Here is one example.

Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind at the center. Now look at that word then write the first two words that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a tree of related words. This helps you build analogical skills, and fortify your creative processes.

So, next time you see a problem you think you can not solve, think again. The solution might just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little creative thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.