Twenty Idea Method
I got a couple of calls about “what is the Twenty Idea Method?” So, I will share this great creativity tool. Anyone can use it – kids to adults, employees to executives, men or women – it is a universal creativity technique.
First, you get a piece of paper (yes, you can use a computer – I prefer pen and paper) . Down the side number 1 to 20. At the top of the page, write a goal or problem in the form of a question. The more specific the question the higher the quality of the answers.Then, write down twenty answers to the question.
The first five answers will be fairly easy, then the next five become a little more difficult, the next five are like squeezing water out of a rock, then the last five are again difficult, yet, it’s during the last five that your creativity springs to the center stage. Very good ideas usually come in the last five answers – so pay attention.
Now the key to the process working for you – improving your ability to think creatively and solve just about any problem that comes your way. You must take one of the answers and do something with it immediately.
Immediate action works on the subconscious mind and tells it that you are serious about using your creativity again. (When you were young, you were very very creative. Most of us allowed the school system and our peers or parents to stop the natural flow of creativity.) And, it offers a new command to our brain that you are serious about using creativity. Watch out, your creativity is about to blast off and help you get to the next level.
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