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How to Release the Creative Ideas Living Inside Your Head

How to Release the Creative Ideas Living Inside Your Head

We live in an innovative age, and ideas operate as the currency of today’s creativity-based economy. Unless you contribute to the universal chorus of fresh ideas, you will quickly descend into obscurity.

So, how do you purposefully and intentionally unlock and release all the creative ideas living inside your head?

I recently returned to “freewriting”, an old and often overlooked method for finding new ideas lurking in our heads, and I experienced incredible results.

The Premise

Your mental filters work extremely well…too well. Truthfully speaking, your brain actually operates too efficiently in regard to the creative process.

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When attempting to brainstorm, your mind constantly sifts your ideas through the multiple filters of history, reality, rationality and prudence. Consequently, you end up brainstorming and processing at the same time.

In order to tap into your creative potential, you need to mentally divide and conquer.

Freewriting blocks your mental filters, allowing your brain to generate a large volume of ideas without interruption. Releasing your mind from common restrictions allows those new and fresh ideas to flow.

The Process

You need four things to get started:

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1. A motivating idea or problem

2. A timer

3. A pad of paper

4. A pen.

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Set the timer for ten minutes, start writing…and do not stop until here you hear that buzz.

Never lift the pen from the paper. Do not look around. Do not re-read. Silence your phone and your computer. Just write.

Write whatever comes out of your brain. If you feel stuck, write the nonsense that is always in your brain. Write the last word of the previous sentence over and over until your brain gives you a new thought.

Do not try to sound like a genius and do not focus on grammar, punctuation, tenses, spelling, etc. If you get frustrated, keep writing. (You might want to write, “This is really frustrating” a few times in a row.)

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The Payoff

When the timer goes off, you will see a whole lot of nonsense and a couple of really, really great ideas. And if at first you don’t see anything worth while, let it sit and revisit it later. In the meantime, repeat the timer exercise and sooner or later you’re bound to fester up an idea worth expanding upon. There have been countless times when ideas I at first thought were useless turned out to be gold mines later on down the road.

From there you can launch into the deeper mental process of exploring what you wrote and why you wrote it.

Here is an excerpt from one of my own sessions, focusing on the issue of building better habits in my life:

  • “How can I take this to the next level? What specific steps can I take? How can I keep going? Going? Going? And sustain.
  • “That’s the real issue, isn’t it? Sustaining. Sustaining. (great subject for a new book) How do I overcome the fact that I am all QuickStart and no FollowThrough? How to sustain? Perseverance. Thesaurus.
  • “I need to get my hands around sustaining a habit BEFORE I take any first steps in establishing a habit. Talk to Karen and about this. Talk to the team? Training topic for clients? Sustaining. Sustaining. Sustaining.”

Hidden in my stream of consciousness writing I found some key thoughts, ideas and actions that I explored on a deeper level once I released them from my head.

Your head holds an amazing number of new, original, good ideas. Learn to turn off your mental filters and tap into your own creative depths …go write…and you might just change your world!

If you want to learn more about this topic, I highly recommend a book entitled Accidental Genius by Mark Levy. The book is an easy-to-follow guide for how to generate ideas and content through writing.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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