“It’s sort of a mental attitude about critical thinking and curiosity. It’s about mindset of looking at the world in a playful and curious and creative way.” Adam Savage
Sometimes I feel like there are a wealth of ideas just waiting at the brim to bubble up, and other times I feel like taking a nap.
Here is a simple (but not simplistic four-part process I have used as journal prompts for brainstorming and creativity sessions.
This writing technique is a way to unfold hidden ideas and knowledge that lays simmering in our subconscious. Maybe needing a little jolt of neurons, laying just outside my memory zone, ‘on the tip of the tongue’ we often say.
These ‘intuitive markers ‘ intuitive hits, can come forward, by trying this exercise – working from your right and left brain at the same time.
Thank you to the Creative Thought pamphlet I discovered years ago that introduced me to this particular exercise.
Journaling Brain Exercise:
1. Investigate – Time to look at current patterns. What patterns? Start with thoughts and habits. Notice the times people bring to you, “you always say that,” or, “you sound like a broken-record.” Become pattern aware, what theme is repeating in different parts of your life.
2. Decide – Look for energy depleting and energy advancing thoughts. Decide what is the top 1-2 energy advancing thoughts that help propel you forward. Work with that. (This is part of the techniques behind the whole follow your Strengths movement.)
3. Replace – To see an obstacle differently, we need a new perception. What can you do that will provide you with a new perspective?
4. Prioritize – To prevent overwhelm, best not to multi-task on this one. Pick 1 that if you do it differently, can make a marked change in your life. Try it for 4 weeks and see.
I look forward to hearing from you, to learn new ideas on how you implemented these steps or your own visioning process.