I have always been a creative guy. Down through the years I have always been an "idea guy" I can: invent, draw pictrures, paint scenes, carve all kinds of things, write stories, and more.
Where do my ideas come from? Mostly I get ideas because of a need I'm told about or one I have observed. Once I see the need I begin to think about it, ponder it, turn it over and over in my mind, gaze at every facet of the problem as if it were an uncut diamond, and then try to think up ways to fill the need. Next, I do research - I investigate, search and gather as many facts as I can.
Later, just before I go to sleep at night, I give the problem (the need) to my sub conscious brain I say something like this:
"OK, Subconscious Brain, here is a problem for you to help me solve. I need your solution by Friday of this week or before, so work on it and get back to me by then. Thank you for your help."
Then, I forget about the problem and go about my regular work. I do that with 100% confidence that I will have the solution to the problem on time.
In reality what I'm doing is putting the idea into "incubation" so the process of "growing" the solution to the problem can be nurtured and in that way be allowed to grow to maturity. Then, when my conscious brain gets the idea (the solution) on that "Friday." - from my sub-conscious brain, all I have to do is begin to think about it some more,clean it up and mentally grind off the rough edges of the raw idea and try to refine it. The final step is to either write the idea down or simply put it into practice. As you can see there is nothing to it! Try it yourself, it's lot of fun and there are many hidden benefits to being - creative!
Terry L. Weber
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