thinking can be stimulated by two things; intensely
desired goals and pressing problems. Your creative
capacities need something to home in on and your job is to provide it.
1. A Continual Stimulus For Ideas
Intensely desired goals, clearly defined with
detailed plans for their accomplishment act as a continual stimulus for ideas to
To trigger your imagination, write out a clear
description of your ideal end result or
stretch goal. Be clear about the goal, be flexible about the process. Think about it,
visualize it as realized over and over. Project your mind forward to the
picture of the realized goal and then look back to the present.
3. Define Your Goals Clearly
Think on paper.
Make a plan and then work on the plan, updating it, changing it, adding to
it as you think of new ways to work toward the goal. The more clearly defined
keenly desired your goals, the more of your natural creativity will be
released for goal attainment.
4. The Proper Approach To
5. Diagnose Your Problems
Define your problems clearly in writing. Accurate
diagnosis is half the cure. Sometimes you will find that you are dealing with a
"cluster problem," one that is made up of several smaller problems. Your job is
to sort them out and then go to work on each one separately.
In many cluster problems, there is a core issue
surrounded by a lot of symptoms. Creative thinking requires that you separate
the core issue, and then focus on resolving that before worrying about the
Be absolutely clear about
your goal. Write it down and make a plan to achieve it. Think of
different ways you could accomplish it.
Define your problems clearly and then make a
all the possible solutions to your problem.
action on at least one idea immediately.