At this time of the year, it’s either crazy or you’ve eased back to the point of being horizontal and ready for a break. Whatever pace you’re at you’ll always need some ideas though so today I’m going to give you Matt Furey’s three ways to come up with great ideas:
Number 1. Go for a walk (just did this, awesome) and whilst walking focus on your breathing. Pay attention to your feet pushing into the ground. Notice the air coming in and out of your lungs. This will keep your conscious mind focused on “something else.” From time to time, make a mental image of your goal. Visualize it in the theatre of your mind. Do so for 30-60 seconds. Then let it go. If you walk and do the above for at least 40 minutes – you will come up with a great idea that can help you improve your life.
Number 2. Take a shower. And take it for reasons other than, “Peww, I stink.” Take a shower because it is the place that MOST creative people get their best ideas.
Number 3. Before going to bed at night, visualize your goal – and then, just before going to sleep, pose a question to your subconscious mind, directing it to search for and retrieve a great idea whilst you are dreaming.
In each of the cases listed above, you will need to make sure you immediately write down the great idea – so it isn’t “lost.” Remember, as the great Earl Nightingale once said, “Ideas are like slippery fish.” This means that you must write them down right away to prevent them from getting away.
Once you have your great idea, you’ll need to see yourself successfully completing it. Sadly, this is where most people fail. They get great ideas, then lose enthusiasm for them because they don’t back up the idea with “internal” exercise.
Don’t let that happen to you. Increase the belief you have in your idea by amplifying the emotion you have for it in the Theatre of The Mind. I’m coining this “active visualisation” You actively visualise what you want to happen and this will become your belief. Or, as Charles Donoghue says, Expectations that you hold to be true.”
This week, put one of Matt’s three ideas to the test and remember to have a notebook handy to write down your “Great Idea’s”.
Glenn “Taking notes” Edley