We’ve all heard about the power of our thoughts and how positive thinking can have such an impact on our lives. I can tell you from personal experience both good and bad, that this couldn’t be more true.
But nobody ever taught me how to think growing up, and it’s something I’ve had to learn on my own. I’m guessing for many of you, this may be the case as well.
The fact is, the human body is a synergistic, complex system that all operates on the same basic principles. Just as many of you workout to look and feel better, your brain must be worked out as well to “stay in shape.” It is like a muscle. The more you train it to think and look for ideas and solutions, the more you will find them.
The key is training your brain to understand how to think and look for solutions. This is what innovation is all about. When some people say things are impossible or they won’t happen, there is another person who has trained their brain to look for solutions and make them happen. People like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein.
I want to share one way that I learned to train your brain to find and capture thoughts that will lead to more solutions and ideas. I learned this from a man named Michael Hyatt, and he calls it, “The 10-Minute Storm.” It has helped me tremendously in thinking and finding ideas and solutions.
Here’s how it works.
Grab a piece of paper and a pen. (Or a computer if this suits you better)
You’ll also need a watch or clock to time the ten minutes.
At a precise beginning point, start writing anything that comes to your mind about the idea, problem, message, etc that you’re trying to solve or expand on.
Don’t stop. I repeat. Don’t stop. Keep writing for 10 minutes.
At the conclusion of the ten-minute brainstorm, stop and look at what you’ve written. Find patterns. Circle what stands out. See if you can find a connection. What you’ll find is when you get concentrated for 10 minutes; you come up with things you hadn’t thought of before.
The point is this: Every problem has a solution. You just have to train your brain to look for them.