How to Dream and Dream Creatively
FIRST, LET’S CLEAR UP a common fallacy about the meaning of creative thinking. For some illogical reason, science, engineering, art, and writing got tabbed as about the only truly creative pursuits.
But creative thinking is not reserved for certain occupations, nor is it restricted to super intelligent people.
Creative thinking is simply finding new, improved ways to do anything. Let’s see what we can do to develop and strengthen our creative thinking ability.
Step one: Believe it can be done. Here is a basic truth: To do anything, we must first believe it can be done.
WHEN YOU BELIEVE, YOUR MIND FINDS WAYS TO DO.
When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why. But when you believe, really believe, something can be done, your mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it.
Believe, and you’ll start thinking—constructively. Your mind will create a way if you let it.
The traditional thinker’s mind is paralyzed. He reasons, “It’s been this way for a hundred years. Therefore, it must be good and must stay this way. Why risk a change?”
In truth, there is no one best way to do anything.
Traditional thinking freezes your mind, blocks your progress, and prevents you from developing creative power. Here are three ways to fight it:
1. Become receptive to ideas.
2. Be an experimental person. Break up fixed routines.
3. If your work is in distribution, develop an interest in production, accounting, finance, and the other elements of business. This gives you breadth and prepares you for larger responsibilities.
Be Progressive, not Regressive.
The successful person doesn’t ask, “Can I do it better?” She knows she can. So, she phrases the question: “How can I do it better?”
Big success calls for persons who continually set higher standards for themselves and others, persons who are searching for ways to increase efficiency, to get more output at lower cost, and to do more with less effort. Top success is reserved for the I-can-do-it-better kind of person.
Capacity is a state of mind. How much we can do depends on how much we think we can do. When you really believe you can do more, your mind thinks creatively and shows you the way.
As a personal policy I have accepted fully the concept: If you want it done, give it to a busy person. All the successful, competent people I know are busy.
Try this three-stage program to strengthen your creativity through asking and listening:
1. Encourage others to talk.
2. Test your own views in the form of questions.
3. Concentrate on what the other person says. Listening is more than just keeping your own mouth shut. Listening means letting what’s said penetrate your mind.
Ideas are fruits of your thinking. But they’ve got to be harnessed and put to work to have value.
Use these three ways to harness and develop your ideas:
1. Don’t let ideas escape. Write them down.
2. Next, review your ideas. File these ideas in an active file.
3. Cultivate and fertilise your idea. Now make your idea grow. Think about it. Tie the idea to related ideas.
USE THESE TOOLS AND THINK CREATIVELY
Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.
Eliminate “impossible,” “won’t work,” “can’t do,” “no use trying” from your thinking and speaking vocabularies.
Don’t let tradition paralyse your mind. Be receptive to new ideas. Be experimental. Try new approaches, be progressive in everything you do.
Ask yourself daily, “How can I do better?” There is no limit to self-improvement. When you ask yourself, “How can I do better?” sound answers will appear. Try it and see.
Ask yourself, “How can I do more?”
Capacity is a State of mind.
Practice asking and listening. Ask and listen, and you’ll obtain raw material for reaching sound decisions. Remember: Big people monopolise the listening; small people monopolise the talking.
Stretch your mind. Get stimulated. Associate with people who can help you think of new ideas, new ways of doing things. Mix with people of different occupational and social interests.
@Rumana Maner [MBA]
AirCrews Aviation Pvt Ltd
Rumana Maner [MBA] HR Manager