More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking with a touch of passion.
How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No solutions.
Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.
But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!
With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.
First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.
Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.
maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem. If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.
Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.
Try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.
Try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them. The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.
Although it helps to have critical thinking aboard as you solve a problem, you must also keep a creative, analytical voice at the back of your head. When someone comes up with a prospective solution, tried to think how you could make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that solution.
It pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at one time. Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.
Remember that old adage,” two heads are better than one.” That one is truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from listening to all the ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person you’re talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.
You don’t have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thought on the subject, it would be much better.
Be patient. As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.
Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest be a more creative problems solver.
Here is one example.
Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind at the center. Now look at that word then write the first two words that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a tree of related words. This helps you build analogical skills, and fortify your creative processes.
So, next time you see a problem you think you can not solve, think again. The solution might just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little creative thinking, some planning, and the following: Find your Passion! It´s the Key ingredient for a happy life, the Key to unleash the Power needed to solve any problem you might have. So let´s go a little bit deeper to find your true passion, you´ll love it.
Find Your Passion
The most important ingredient in achieving your goals is passion.
Intelligence, connections and courage may all help, but nothing can trump passion. The truly successful person is almost always one who is extremely passionate about his or her endeavor.
“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion” – Georg Hegel, German Philosopher
If you want to succeed in life, you first must find your passion, then harness it and use it to focus your dreams and vision.
The more you follow the path your passion leads you down, the more you achieve the goals you desire, and your life starts to fall into place.
One of the best parts of living a life of where you develop your own potential is its infectious. People want to be around someone with direction. It’s like a contagious drug. You finding your passion and purpose will affect everyone else in your life – without you even planning on it.
When you’re passionate about your work, whether building a company or investing in real estate, others see that passion and are drawn to it.
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Think of the five or ten people you spend most time with. What are these people doing? How passionate are they? Do they inspire you?
Find what it is that expressly drives you and there you have your chief purpose. For instance, though you may want a lot of money – ask yourself what is it for?
Is your chief goal to create a museum of your belongings? Is it to provide for your family?
Or is it to have the freedom to spend your life serving a cause you believe in? All of these indicate a vastly different purpose, even if all require a large sum of money.
If your purpose seems completely unrelated to making money don’t worry at all! Finding purpose isn’t just about finding wealth.
Not everyone is wired to make money as part of their purpose. Whatever your purpose, it may not be the same as anyone else in your family or among your friends. This is about what you want to do, what you want to achieve. Allow yourself to dream your own dreams and reach your own goals.
Are the dreams you have any better or worse than another ones ? No. All each of us should do is live our live by the purpose we hold deep inside us. Imagine how different the world would be if that was what everyone did. What an exciting and fulfilling way to live.
Find Your Ultimate Purpose
As we are all different, we will all need different paths to help us find our passion and purpose. If you’ve struggled to find the direction you need to complete your destiny, if you’ve always felt you were made for something, but a little unsure what t was that try some of the following ideas to explore what your purpose may be.
Every one has a purpose, and there is potential in each of us. It’s just a matter to exploring and investigating a little to discover it.
What terrifies you?
It’s an interesting concept but what you don’t like, or what you fear may be the very thing pointing to your destiny. It’s like the concept of yin and yang- there are two sides to each coin.
The fear may originate from blocking off an early passion that you were unaware of.
Write a list of your fears and the negative feelings that come from them. Then look at that list and see if there is an opposite charge to the fear.
For example, if you are terrified of public speaking, but love to share your ideas, then you may be well suited to expressing yourself through the written word.
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Those things that are important to us hold a great deal of weight to how we see ourselves and our success.
If you are scared at failing at something, you’ll often avoid it at all costs. But those things we are scared to fail at are often the very things we most want to do.
Explore the times you’ve said no to something, or avoided something because you’ve been scared of showing yourself to not be good at it.
Who energizes you?
Stay away from people who tear or wear your down..
Align yourself with people living a full life and their enthusiasm rubs off and affects your own passion.
Go for people you respect, and work underneath them- serving them. That is the very best way to learn. If you can’t find anyone like that around you, devour books about people you admire and learn by proxy.
When Will You Get There?
Each journey starts with one small step in front of the other.
The end destination isn’t the only thing you need- you need to break it right down into manageable chunks.
You may start with a small passion in something really simple that you don’t think much of, and then it explodes and evolves into something else entirely. Enjoy that process, and trust it.
Write out a list of more baby steps you can take later today, tomorrow, the next day and each day for the rest of your life.
Notice how you feel as you take each step.
Notice how your life is changing for the better.
Find other people who want to join you on your journey. Yes, they’re out there.
Just like babies taking their first steps, sometimes we need some help and sometimes we fall down. Just like a baby does, get up and keep trying until you’ve mastered that step. We’ve all been there before and know how hard it can be. The most important step is to decide to take that first step.
If you are naturally visionary, having to wait it out sometimes can be incredibly frustrating.
Don’t get upset if you deviate from your intended destination. Sometimes diversions lead to more exciting places and experiences. Sometimes plans change. Be flexible. Be open to new experiences…
By learning to temper your impatience and lay it aside helps you get there faster. Maybe you like to Read How To Change From Failure To Success
Have faith in yourself that everything you work on will eventually pay off. Faith and belief are the keys to trigger the universe signal so that it knows what you truly desire…
Who Are You Now?
Before you start to move forward you need to first make peace with the person you are today, right here and right now. The person you are today is the person you started to become five or ten years ago.
We are all a product of our own past and the place we are in today is of our own making. To move forward we need to accept the person we are, with all our foibles and limitations.
Love yourself now; accept yourself now and where you have been, and then move on. Our purpose can begin from any circumstances. No matter what has gone before, we have the choice to change our life now, today.
One person in themselves can be hugely effective. Dream big and don’t underestimate your ability to get there – many people have dreams up a purpose that on paper looked impossible, but was not only achieved but surpassed. Breathe life into those big visions.
What Will You Do?
Make a list of all the dreams and thoughts you’ve had – all the things you want to do in your life. Once it’s down on paper, make a plan of action to follow. Sometimes the first step is to consolidate, to regroup and spend some time learning or preparing. This is an excellent time to give your time to work under people who are working towards a similar purpose, to learn alongside them.
Don’t worry if the times get a little rough sometimes. See the difficult times are periods of growth, where you are learning the next important lessons to succeed. There is a well-known Chinese proverb that says “When things are going good the business grows, when things are going bad, you grow.” No experience is ever wasted as long as you grasp any circumstance as an opportunity to grow.
Commit To Your Ultimate Purpose
Once you have established what your purpose is, write it down. Keep it as simple and as clear as possible. A three pager probably indicates you are still trying to find your purpose.
Then break your purpose down. Say for instance you felt your purpose was to become a talk show host.
Consider the steps you need to achieve that.
What qualifications would you need?
Would you need to alter your appearance at all?
How would you go about lifting your profile so people know who you are and believe you can do what you do?
Write these mini goals down on a piece of paper.
Read these goals aloud every morning and night, to help you stay on track. This is your personal journey and you don’t need to share it with anyone else.
The ability to harness your mind and control your thought processes is one that successful people through the ages have used. It’s the common denominator of all successful people whether they are business owners or world class athletes. Research in the ability to drive past our own concept of limiting belief has shown that if we get the mind on track, the rest will follow.
Turn your life into the life you want by discovering the purpose you were born to live and then change the way you think of yourself living that life to get there. Remember the place you are now is the place you got to by the thoughts you’ve already had- even if it was not a conscious decision. Read this little cheat sheet to be a Mr. self development
Start to take your future place in this world into both your conscious and subconscious mind, learning to turn around and more ahead to reach your purpose. It won’t take long to enjoy the fruits of your endeavors.