A How To Guide To Creative Thinking
Creative thinking is a potential we are all born with. If you don’t use that potential, it is probably because you don’t know and apply the simple principles for developing it. We can remedy that right now.
The two basic principles of creative thinking are:
1. There are methods and techniques of creative thinking.
2. Making these methods and techniques a part of your mental habits will make creative thinking easy and automatic.
An entrepreneur sees the potential profit in a situation, because his mind is trained for that. A lawyer sees the potential problems, because that is how his mind is trained. How we repeatedly think becomes a habit, and that is how you train a mind. Learn the techniques of creative thinking, use them until they are a habit, and creative thinking will be as natural for you as lying is for a politician.
The Techniques Of Creative Thinking
There are dozens of creative problem solving techniques you can learn to use. “Concept-combination,” for example, will have you mixing roses and clocks to create the first alarm clock that wakes you up with a gentle release of fragrance. Use the technique of “random-presentation” and a cell phone can give the idea to do your dictation with a pocket tape recorder while you walk, so you’ll have time for exercise and still get your work done.
Creative thinking goes beyond just solving specific problems or inventing new things. A truly creative mind is always coming up with the questions too, not just the solutions. To be more creative all the time, focus on three things:
1. Challenge your assumptions. What if a restaurant didn’t have employees? Customers could pay a machine as they enter, and feed themselves at a buffet. If everything was as automated as possible, maybe one owner-operator could run a large restaurant alone. Challenge everything. Do you have to go to work? Do pools need water? Is education always a good thing?
2. Change your perspective. Imagining a dog’s thoughts about your busyness could clue you in to the unecessary things you do. Thinking dollars-per-day instead of per-hour could give you a plan to let employees go home when they finish a certain quota. Greater efficiency would be almost certain, and you could adjust daily pay and quotas so both you and employees made more money. Look at everything from several perspectives.
3. Let your ideas run wild. Flying furniture seems silly, but it may lead to the idea of a hover-lifter. Slide the device under furniture and it lifts it with a cushion of air, making for easy moving. Don’t stifle your creativity. Relax, let ideas come, and know that you can always discard them later.
Creating Creative Thinking Habits
To make the above techniques into an automatic part of your thinking, just use them enough. Usually it takes several weeks to develop a habit, so you need a way to remind yourself each day during that time. Try writing a few of your favorite techniques on a card and carrying it with you. Pull it out throughout the day and apply the techniques to anything. Soon, more creative thinking will be a normal part of your life.
DO YOU WONDER WHAT VIBES YOU ARE SENDING OUT?
The Law of Attraction exists in your life right now; whether you understand it or not, whether you know it or not, and whether you like it or not.
Until you learn to use the Law of Attraction in a deliberate way, most of the time you are not aware that you are attracting into your life-more of-whatever you are giving your focus, attention, and energy to. This is referred to as non-deliberate attraction. It can be described in a 4-step cycle:
Step 1: I observe what I’m attracting in any area of my life.
Step 2: While observing what I’m attracting, I’m offering a corresponding vibration, whether negative or positive.
Step 3: The Law of Attraction is always checking in to see what my vibration is and matches it obediently, whether wanted or unwanted.
Step 4: As the Law of Attraction responds to my vibration, I receive or manifest into my life, more of what I was observing in the first place.
Then, the cycle begins at Step 1 and repeats itself over and over again. Here’s how the cycle may be working in your life right now.
You may notice that you keep attracting negative people and events into your life. As you notice or observe this, you are emitting or offering a corresponding vibration. The Law of Attraction responds to your vibration by matching it and giving you more of the same. In this example, more of the same means that you experience more negative people and events in your life.
Keep in mind, the Law of Attraction is a powerful and obedient universal law. It doesn’t know whether you want more of something or not; whether it is good for you or not or whether it is wanted by you or not-it simply gives you more of the same.
If you are curious about what it is you are offering vibrationally in any area of your life, you need only look at the results you are getting in that area-it’s always a perfect match. When you observe what you are attracting and you like it, celebrate–and in your celebration, you’ll attract more of the same.
When you observe you are attracting something that you don’t like, you can use the Law of Attraction deliberately to put a stop to it and change it into something that you DO want. The easiest way to do this is to ask yourself, “So, what DO I want?” and then keep your mind focused on this new clarity of desire. Now you are becoming a deliberate offer-er about what you do want and the Law of Attraction will respond accordingly. As you continue to practice this, you’ll soon be able to check into this area of your life and see the NEW results you are getting.
We must all weather the winds of adversity. God warns His children that they will have trouble and hardships in life (Jn. 16:33 NIV). The fruit birthed out of personal trials enable us to comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have been given through Christ.
Facing Trials: Thoughts For Meditation written by Cheryl Zelenka is a devotional full of hope, encouragement, and instruction. There are two thought provoking devotions for each of the twenty selected topics. Every meditation has a scriptural foundation with plenty of ideas for personal contemplation and reflection.
Cheryl Zelenka knows what it is to walk through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death,” and live to ascend the mountaintop of God. Her undiagnosed brain tumor caused clinical depression for nearly ten years. Ms. Zelenka challenges each believer to change their negative view of trials and consider them as blessings. It is through trials that we…
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“The attitude that we would have is: ‘The universe is lining it up just right, and the timing will be just exactly right. And I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m doing everything just exactly right. And in the perfect timing, a timing that I cannot even quite see yet, this is going to happen. And meanwhile there isn’t anything else for me to do.’
How is it that you all get so involved in things that have nothing to do with you? The Law of Attraction is a huge Law. So next time you find yourself thinking: ‘Well, I should write one more affirmation, or I should do one more Virtual Reality. I need to do something. I must be doing something wrong, or what I’m wanting would be,’ we say, what you need to do is chill out. What you need to do is relax and accept that you’ve done your work. You’ve asked; the Universe is doing its work; it is answering. Your work is to get into this place where you joyfully receive it.
You can’t take score about when it’s coming or where it’s coming, or how it’s coming. In other words, you accept, in this faith-based attitude, it is coming and all is well. And as you do that, ahh.
Then, when you really get there, then it doesn’t matter how long it takes–but it doesn’t take any time, then. If you could say, ‘I don’t care how long it takes,’ you’re there! And then it takes no time. But as long as it matters how long it takes, you’re not there–and it’s going to take a long time.