Unleashing Your Creative Powers
Have you noticed that whenever humans are faced with a crisis, they always find a solution? There is never a lack of resources, only a lack of creativity. Today, we’re going to talk about your mind and the creative process. The very first thing you can do to help yourself is to ASK. Isn’t that simple?
In the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, the words of Jesus perfectly capture the essence of this idea this idea: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Imagine Who You Want to Be in Three Years
“Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it’s difficult to score.” – Paul Arden
There is a growing body of research in psychology examining the difference between our current and our future selves.
What the research shows is that:
- Your current and future selves are indeed two different people
- Viewing your future self as a fundamentally different person allows you to think about what they would want
This is where vision comes in. What is your vision for your future? How detailed is your vision?
Without having a vision, you will have little meaning in your life. According to the late psychiatrist, Gordon Livingston M.D., humans need three things to be happy:
- Something to do
- Someone to love
- Something to look forward to
If you don’t have something to look forward to, for which are you exerting conscious and daily effort to create, then you cannot have happiness. Without vision, the people perish, the Bible states. When you create a new vision for your life, you immediately begin to see your whole life in light of that new vision. It becomes the context of your life. Changing the context changes the meaning and possibility.
So, let’s get clear on your vision. According to the business author and expert Cameron Herold, you should have both a personal and professional Vivid Vision. In this vivid vision, you should not focus on how you’re going to achieve the vision. You simply want to get very, very clear on what you want three years from now.
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So, pull out your calendar and put a big X three years in the future. What does your life look like? What do you look like? What does your environment look like? Who are the main people in your life, and on your team? What types of clients or people are you working with? What is the overall experience you’re having? What does your typical day look like? How much money are you making? What is important to you? Where is your focus?
Remember, your job right now is not to determine how any of this stuff is going to happen. Your first job is simply to get clear on your vision. The more clear your vision is, the more obvious and easy will be the execution. According to Herold, you should ideally have a five-page vivid vision written down which you begin sharing with EVERYONE!
So here’s how we can start:
Think about a few problems that you are currently facing, and ASK some empowering questions about them. Instead of asking “Why is it happening to me?” or “What did I do to deserve this?”, you should instead ask:
How can I solve this? ; How can I make it better?
When you ask an empowering question, you tap into your creativity and start looking for a solution. When you ask a disempowering question, your mind starts looking for answers to why you have this problem. That, however, doesn’t help you.
I want you to try this quick exercise in order to tap into your creativity. Now you have to think of as many uses as possible for a paperclip in 5 minutes.In our workshop, it was amazing to watch a group of 9 people generate over 80 uses for a paperclip in just 10 minutes! Once you’re done with the exercise, I’m sure you will be shocked by how many ideas you were able to come up with in such a short period of time! Now that you’ve started to ask and think, you’ve set your mind to focus on attracting new ideas and opportunities.
No idea is too crazy to be realistic! Let me illustrate with the following examples:
Who ever thought that humans could fly? We don’t have wings, yet we have the airplane.
Who ever thought that humans could stay underwater for hours without coming to the surface for air? We lack gills, but we’ve managed to create the equipment needed for scuba diving and submarines.
Who ever thought that we could combine a Walkman, camera, and mobile phone together? We did, and now we have smart phones, which can be carried easily in the palm of your hand. All of these started off as crazy ideas! So get ready to be crazy about your dreams and turn them into reality!