■FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
If you generate 20 ways to achieve your major goal in the morning before you start out, you will ﬁnd yourself thinking creatively all day long. BeleveYour mind will be sharper and more alert.You will see so- lutions to problems and obstacles as fast as they come up. You will activate the law of attraction and begin drawing into your life peo- ple and resources that can help you to achieve your goal.
If you practice this exercise each day for ﬁve days, you will gen- erate 100 new ideas to help you achieve your goals in the next week. If you then select one idea per day, you will be initiating ﬁve ideas per week. That is more ideas than the average person generates in a month, or even a year.
If you generate 20 ideas per day, 5 days per week, 50 weeks per year, you will come up with an astounding total of 5,000 new ideas to improve your life and work each year. If you implement only a single new idea each day, 5 days per week, 50 weeks per year, you will be using 250 ideas per year to help you solve your problems and achieve your goals.
The average person lives with very little creativity. He is usually a victim of psychosclerosis and homeostasis, content to keep on doing the same things in the future that he has done in the past, whether doing so is working or not. When you practice mindstorming on a regular basis, you will soon have so many good ideas that there will not be enough hours in the day to carry them out.
More people have become rich using this 20-idea method than any other method of creative thinking ever discovered. All that is necessary for this method to work is for you to practice it regularly in your own life. All that is required is your willingness to use mind- storming regularly, and then to try out the ideas you generate until this process becomes a normal part of your life.
■BRAINSTORMING WITH OTHERS
Mindstorming is an exercise that you can do by yourself. Brain- storming is something that you do with others. Brainstorming is a form of mindstorming done in a group, but it has slightly differ- ent rules.
Brainstorming was originally developed by advertising executive Alex Osborn, and was ﬁrst described in his 1946 book, Applied Imagination. It has since proliferated and is used all over the world, in every type of organization and situation, to generate ideas for a variety of reasons. It is a very simple process to learn and use.
➤ Six Steps to Brainstorming
Step One: Assemble the group. The ideal number of people in a brainstorming session is four to seven. Below four, you don’t have enough minds to generate a large enough variety of different solutions to the problem. With more than seven people, the group becomes too large for participants to get sufﬁcient opportunity to contribute.
Step Two: Do not permit criticism or ridicule. The essential part of brainstorming is that no evaluation of the ideas takes place during the brainstorming session. The entire focus of the brainstorming session is on generating the greatest quantity of ideas possible within a short period of time.
Nothing kills a brainstorming session faster than the tendency of people to criticize the ideas as they are generated. As soon as one person’s ideas are criticized, the brainstorming session comes to a halt. No one wants to be criticized. No one wants to be humiliated or ridiculed in front of others. That is why you must concentrate on the quantity of ideas and leave the evaluation of them to another time, or to other people.
Step Three: Set a speciﬁc time limit. The ideal length for brain- storming sessions ranges from 15 to 45 minutes. One of the jobs of managers and team leaders is to sit their staff down on a regular ba- sis to brainstorm certain problems. Call everyone together and an- nounce that you are going to brainstorm a particular goal or situation for 15 minutes and then everyone is going to go back to work.You’ll be amazed at the results.
Step Four: Select a leader for the group. The leader’s job is to en- courage everyone to contribute as much as possible. One of the best ways to lead a brainstorming session is to go around the table and encourage each person to contribute an idea—almost like playing cards, where you encourage each person to bet or pass. Once you have gone around the table a couple of times, people will start gen- erating ideas at a rapid rate.
Step Five: Select someone to keep track of the ideas. A key func- tion in a brainstorming session is that of the recorder. This is the per- son who writes down the ideas as they are generated.
Step Six: Be punctual. Start and stop the brainstorming ses- sion exactly on time, no matter how well it is going. At the end, you gather up all the ideas and take them away to be evaluated at a later time.
■IDEAS ON INDEX CARDS
In another type of brainstorming session involving dozens of peo- ple, we break the group up and distribute index cards to each sub- group. Each of the smaller groups is assigned to generate ideas in answer to the question or problem. Afterward, the index cards con- taining the ideas are collected. They are then shufﬂed and handed out to the subgroups again, completely mixed up.
In the second phase of the exercise, each subgroup is asked to take the ideas on the cards that they have received and evaluate them, rating them in terms of their value prior to reporting back to the overall group.
In a session with 20 or 30 people, two or three hundred ideas will be generated in 30 minutes. When those ideas are gathered, dis- tributed, evaluated, and reported back to the overall group, the re- sults are absolutely astonishing! I have worked with companies that have come up with so many solutions to problems that had been stumping them that they did not have enough hours in the day, or enough people, to take action on more than a small number of them.
■THE HOME TEAM
If you are in a good relationship with another person, the two of you can form an excellent ongoing brainstorming team. A husband and wife, or any two people, together can generate a continuous ﬂow of ideas, as long as they do not attempt to evaluate or criticize the ideas at the same time they are generating them.
■IDEAS ENERGIZE YOU
There are two parts to unlocking your mental potential and har- nessing the genius that lies within you. The ﬁrst is to accept that you are extremely intelligent in your own way. The second is for you to use the methods and techniques described in this chapter until they become second nature to you. Like a muscle that grows and be- comes stronger with use, your mental muscles grow and become stronger every time you practice one of these exercises.
There is something exciting and uplifting about generating ideas that help you to achieve your goals. The more ideas you gener- ate, the more energy and enthusiasm you have. The more energy and enthusiasm you have, the more conﬁdent you become that you can achieve any goal you can set for yourself. The more ideas you generate, the faster you change your thinking about what is really possible for you. Eventually, you will reach the point in your own thinking where you will be unstoppable.
- Deﬁne your most important goal or problem in the form of a question and write it at the top of a page. Then, generate at least 20 answers to your question.
- Make a list of your most pressing problems or obstacles to achieving your goals. What is the simplest and most direct solu- tion to each one?
- Think of your most important goal and ask, “Why have I not achieved that goal already?”
- Identify the constraints or limiting factors that determine how fast you increase your income. What can you do right now to al- leviate these constraints?
- What are the intelligences that you seem to be better at than oth- ers? How could you organize you life and work so that you are capitalizing more on these intelligences?
- What have you been good at in the past? What activities give you your greatest feeling of importance?
- What parts of your work give you the highest return on energy? How could you structure your work and your life so that you are spending more time in these areas?
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