It's interesting how our brains think in patterns.
What happens is that when we stumble around trying to make sense of a problem or situation, our brain searches its data-banks of experiences to try to find a recognisable pattern it can latch onto. When it does, it will flow your thinking along it towards an outcome or conclusion.
But that can result in a problem...
When we are upon the tidal wave of thought along recognised patterns we bi-pass untested, new and interesting opportunities along the way. We don't see them because our brains haven't wanted us to take the stepping stones across the water towards them. So our resolutions to problems can become predicted and safe.
Now the solution you reach following a predicted thought pattern may be a great resolution to the situation...and yet it might not.
When I look back I recognise that years ago I allowed my thinking to follow predicted patterns...which led me to feelings of being stuck and not moving forward. If I knew then what I know now, I would have looked for tools and techniques to open up my thinking and allow it be more flexible and receptive to new ideas.
But we are where we are...and I'm wanting to share all the research and experience I have generated over the years around creative thinking/storytelling and lateral thinking, so that you can apply these techniques to your life and work to help you to keep moving forward and exploring ideas and opportunities without allowing them to pass you by.
When contemplating or making change in your life or business, don't let the past patterns of thinking and working hold you back from being open and receptive to new ways of doing, being and having. Remain curious about the way things work. Learn new tools and techniques for generating ideas and looking at situations in different ways.
Above all, don't be afraid to explore.
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