Stop, Look, Listen, and Then Create

I have found when I’m “stuck” and nothing seems to go my way the chances are excellent that I’m doing things the same way that I previously did. If it didn’t work then, it is highly unlikely that it will work out now. So much seems to go well in my life when I stop, observe, listen, formulate a plan, and then take action. In others words, I get creative when I get stuck.

Notice there is no magic to just taking an old or ineffective idea and either replacing it or “tweaking” it for more effective use. This is a skill you can develop and it starts with awareness.

Here are the five steps I use in the creative process:

  1. Be clear about what the challenge or problem is. If you are hazy about it, the outcome will be hazy. If its painful, chances are you are very clear about what the problem is.
  2. Brainstorm! Generate as many ideas as possible as quickly as possible. Don’t stop to evaluate until the brainstorming is over. Let your imagination go!
  3. Narrow down the list to the best idea(s).
  4. Create goals connected to your idea. Be specific and be sure to make time sensitive goals to keep yourself on point.
  5. Do something and do it now! No action, no traction!

You must always be developing, growing and becoming better. If you are not already a voracious reader, find the time each day to read or even listen to a book. I find that listening to a book during travel time is a great way to gain knowledge, find new information and absorb new ideas. There are several wonderful websites where you can find a huge selection of audiobooks. Successful people are readers who revel in self-educating each and every day!

Quote of the Day from The Wisdom Compass

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.  ~ Mark Twain

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