A Guide For Creative Thinking

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Creativity means generation of new ideas. The best definition of creativity is "improvement." We have to develop the ability to improve the existing situation.

All great fortunes were started with ideas for improving something. There are four generally accepted parts of the creative process:      

1. Preparation, where much of the work is done.

2. Rumination, where we turn the matter over to our subconscious mind.

3. Realization, where the idea comes to us.

4. Application, where we work out the creative idea and turn it into something worthwhile. Preparation is most important and it involves gathering the right data and asking the right questions. Our success in life is determined by the quantity of ideas that we generate.

The quality of ideas is secondary to the quantity.

1. We can begin with focused question. All improvements begin with questioning the existing circumstances.The next step is to deal with all the possible answers.

2. To stretch our mental muscles we must have intensely desired goals. The more we want something and the clearer we are about it, the more likely it is that we will generate ideas that will help us to move toward it. Any intense emotion stimulates creativity and ideas to fulfill that desire.

3. The third generator of creativity is pressing problems. A good question to ask is "What are the biggest  problems that I am facing in my life?"

Write the answer to this question quickly. When we write the answer to a question, our subconscious mind will sort out all answers and give us the three most important ones.

1. The first key in creative thinking is clarity. We must take the time to think and clarify exactly what we are trying to accomplish. Clear thinking leads to clear answers.

2. The second key is concentration. We should concentrate single-mindedly and focus all our mental powers on solving one single problem. The ability to concentrate on a single point without distraction is the hallmark of  the superior thinker.

3. The third key is an open mind. The average person tends to be rigid and fixed in his thinking.The creative  thinker remains very flexible and open to a variety of ways of approaching the problem.     

We can increase our creative powers by using them, over and over, in every situation, deliberately and specifically. Becoming excellent in Creative thinking can have very powerful positive impact on our entire life.

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