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

3 Important Powerful Principles That Will Improve Your Success

What does it take to be successful?

Ask all the self-help Gurus, Life Relationship Career Coaches, and anyone who promotes personal growth and self-development, and you will most definitely get different answers as to their formula for success.

The truth is success does leave clues. You can achieve the success you desire by observing some basic principles, paying attention to them and putting them into practice.One of my favourite quotes about success is from Collin Powell. Here is what he has to say about success:

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”

These principles are actually quite simple; in fact they are considered to be common sense, but most people do not take the time to follow them.

Let’s take a look in more detail at what Powell is actually saying.

1. Preparation

Do you know where you are going, what you are doing and why you are doing it?

People who are prepared do.

Preparation means having a vision, a destination, a purpose, a goal and putting a clear action plan in place to move you in the right direction.

You don’t have to be rigid about your action plan; some flexibility is often required. Regardless, however, to achieve the success you desire, you must focus and put positive energy into what you want to achieve and then, through your action steps, work towards preparing for the moment when the opportunity knocks on your door.

You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect. But you do have to move and take that first action step and then just keep going.

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

Famous words from Benjamin Franklin.

· Reading, attending workshops webinars conferences, acquiring new knowledge and skill

· Connecting to a mentor or coach to improve accountability, learn new skills

· Joining a Master Mind Group to integrate learning and to gain ongoing support.

You can prepare for success or you can prepare for failure, but those most likely to succeed are the ones who invest their time and energy in doing what it takes to succeed – and this includes preparation.

2. Hard Work

Success needs hard work. Hard work means taking bold actions, working smarter and going the extra mile. It is about working on the right things and doing them in the right order. Another Collin Powell quote:

“A dream does not become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

In the final instance, nothing worth having comes easy; if it does, you will not value it as you will not see it as being important.

Having a powerful vision is crucial to focus your energies and inspire and motivate you; however, it is “hard work,” a willingness to learn and go the extra mile, and a dedication and commitment to working on yourself and your goals that will lead to successful achievement, as well as building your character.

3. Learning from Failure

Successful people do not shy away from failure, they do not see it as such. Failure to them is just information – important information on what is not working.

Thomas Edison found 10,000 different ways of how a light bulb doesn’t work before he successfully found the right way. Had he not continued on with his experiments the world might still be in darkness.

Failure provides us with lessons, it gives us insight into what we need to do differently. The failure comes from when we do not heed the lessons; this is when we fail to learn, fail to change and fail to grow. Failure is thus success, if we take the time to learn from it.

By adopting this mindset, by turning each failure into a learning lesson or opportunity, we will always succeed.

There is no failure unless we actually give up.

“Your dream does not have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.”

Preparation, hard work and learning from failure are the fundamentals to building a successful, bright future. Armed with these three powerful principles identified by Collin Powell, you now have a potent formula for success. Use it and you will be well on your way to achieving the success you desire.

About the Author
Veronica Hislop of Em-Powered-Solutions Life-Relationship Coaching works in the area of women’s empowerment helping women who struggle with toxic relationship to stand in their own personal power and establish boundaries with the people in their lives. She is the author of the e-book “Your Motivation Profile” – a book that helps you to assess your motivation levels and determine just how ready you are to make the changes that you desire.

A Passkey To Success

Have you ever known someone who always seemed to get what they wanted? Maybe it was that guy at work who went from visionary cubicle working stiff to powerful corner office head honcho in a short interval of time. Or your faired haired high school classmate with the glimmer in her eye, who made getting straight A’s “and being caption of the womens soccer team look like a cake walk. Their cups always seem to overflow and others marveled at their accomplishments.

Never did we hear them complain or worry (out loud for that matter). They always expected the best to happen and it did. Even when bad times fell on them, them always stayed in good spirits and like clockwork everything that they seemed to have lost was restored back and then some. And many onlookers were left wondering how they did it (and how to get their magic potion). Quite simply, the working stiff and the fair haired classmate probably believed they deserved to see their dreams become reality, and that the best that life had to offer was theirs. And, it was not a matter of being connected and knowing the “right” person, there was one defining pattern to these people, it was their attitude. Fortunately this can also be true for all of us.

We all live with an unconscious expectation of ourselves and our own lives. This expectation not only determines what we have in our lives but it also represents what we are willing to settle for. Expectation is a very powerful outlook and one that very few people ever learn to fully cultivate. Whatever you expect with certainty is what you will get in your life. Expectation is the intrinsic place where an idea becomes so real that you feel it even though you can’t hold it yet. Expectation is like an invisible magnet that will attract into your life that which you expect. When you expect something you activate and engage those parts of your mind and your nervous system that can empower you to think the unthinkable and do the undoable. Whatever thoughts you constantly feed your mind through out the day, your subconscious mind is taking it in. And it does not discriminate between the good thoughts or the bad thoughts, it takes it all in! What you earn right now is what you expect to earn. The amount of free time you have right now is what you expect to have as free time. The relationships you have are what you expect to have.

When you expect the best it’s not like expecting something good or something similar, it is the best and only the best. You have to stop settling for less than you can be or have. On a deep psychological level this is exactly what creates your expectations and that is why a lifetime of settling for less than you can be creates an expectation that is only “O.K.”. It becomes the standard that you are willing to settle for.

Great expectations create great results. When you expect the best it will become a directional mechanism that will guide you to seeking out and finding what you expect. The difference between great expectations and weak hopes start out with nothing more than a outlook or mind set; an outlook that can make the difference between living a life of fulfilment and one of desperation and frustration. Create the expectation by making sincere decisions. Nurture your expectations by never settling for anything less than the best. Over time you will no longer want to think negative and self destructing thoughts. You will choose joy, happiness, success, abundance and everything that you wish for yourself.

It is easy to change your expectations. You can do it in an instant. And that can be a menace. As too often, we lower our expectations because that seems easier than overcoming the obstacles which seem to stand in the way of fulfilling those expectations. Are you being forced to lower your expectations or are you choosing the “handy” way out? You must expect the best in order to achieve the best. Yet it takes more than just expectation. It takes commitment and performance. Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself and then do what is necessary to make it a reality

You need no special skills or knowledge to raise your expectations. You simply need a decision that from this point onwards you will never again settle for anything less than you can possible be. The difference between hoping for something with uncertainty and depending on something with expectation is nothing but the way you direct the focus of your mind. What you say to yourself, the images you imagine and your behavior are what you can consciously direct. But, only if you choose to. If not, you will revert back to the autopilot of the masses just going with the flow of “whatever” comes along. The cultural autopilot is the emotional default and only through conscious and consistent nurturing of your desires and inclinations can you live life by your own standards and create the expectations that will lead you to a life of abundance and fulfilment.

In 1968, a study was conducted in San Francisco on teachers of students in grades one through six. Known as the Pygmalion Study, researchers who were involved gave the teachers incorrect information about their students; basically that the students were on the brink of intellectual growth. However, the students were really selected randomly and were not necessarily on the brink of anything. Nonetheless, the teachers believed and expected that the students were capable of great things and this resulted in high scores on IQ tests and other projects. After the study was completed, researchers concluded that the teachers’ belief in the students caused the students to experience outstanding intellectual growth. This study is a prime example of belief turning possibilities into reality.

Are you making a living or living your life? To “live” your life implies action–movement–excitement. Unfortunately, today most of us have our calendars so full we have little time to enjoy all the courses in the feast of life. It’s important that you value your precious time here on this planet.

Most of us believe that the hand we are dealt in life is what we will always hold. Sure, life is okay but it isn’t great; bills need to be paid, the kids are sick, and the bank account never seems to grow. After some time, you believe this is your life and how it will always play out. On the other hand, people who believe they deserve better play a different hand and they never have a poker face when it comes to their expectations.

When you expect only the best, you put yourself in a position of power. First and foremost, you send signals to your subconscious to help you notice and get what you desire (and deserve!).You get a check in the mail or you literally bump into the perfect woman at the coffee shop and she happens to live close by. Great expectations lead to great results.

Like every play, your life has its own story. Learn from the past but don’t get caught up in it. You can’t change it and you can’t expect or anticipate anything that has already taken place! And you don’t really know how it’s going to end, or even what’s coming up next. The best thing you can do is keep up with what’s going on and steer it in the direction you would like it to go. The rest will play out as it will.

In the morning, do not get out of bed until you sit back, fluff your pillows and fill yourself with words of loving encouragement and expectation. Ponder the words, let them sink in. Imagine the dreams you have for yourself. And finish by including a short proclamation for your day to be full of wonder, joy and guidance.

Listen to your intuition, for it is your best friend. Ignore your fears for they are definitely not in your best interest. Believe in your dreams for they are your future. Come to expect success in your life and everything you do, because you are constantly preparing for it. Expect the best out of life and you will get it!

Expect the best and the best will come…