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3 Simple Ways to Make Your Mind INFINITELY More Creative, IMMEDIATELY

23 August 2011 5 Comments

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Here’s 3 key techniques you can start using IMMEDIATELY to boost your creativity. It’s the same stuff I use to put together concepts on a daily basis, as well as fuel my motivation for long term projects like the upcoming book…



Treat these techniques like a set of beliefs that you need to INTERNALIZE, not rationally prove as true or false.



If you’re the type of person who wants everything proven as perfectly sound and precisely valid before you’re even willing to experiment, I can’t help you. These are ideas you have to “try on” to see if they “fit,” and work from there.






As for me, I refuse to settle for mediocrity in my life, no matter what, and that’s why I’m willing to do ANYTHING that sounds conducive to getting results like the happiest, most productive people our planet has ever known do. So let’s get started…




1.) “I Truly Believe In My Mind’s INFINITE Power.”

The first affirmation is “I truly believe in the infinite power of my very own mind…”, which is difficult for most people because they falsely assume this to mean, “I think I’m God” (i.e. “I think I’m perfect) even though nothing could be further from the truth…



While feeling like this does require a bit of audacity, remember that there’s still a BIG difference between believing you’re invincible and simply believing that you can handle anything that comes your way (including a creative challenge).



In other words, to be creative, start by having FAITH in your creative abilities, just like to have self-esteem, you would start by having faith in your abilities in general.


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Once you truly feel that your mind can always combine, assimilate and create new, interesting combinations of ideas, you won’t be as pressed about a specific creative block. Instead, you’ll realize:


>> What you feel as a “block” is really you just needing some time to rest and let it marinate,



>> That most creative limitations are really just emotional issues (like low self-esteem) playing themselves out in your work, and that



>> Since it’s natural to hit low points every once in a while, you still need to keep at it (applying those diagrams on self-discipline to your creative work, cause it’s the same principle).



So again, have faith in your mind’s infinite power. It’s OKAY to truly believe your mind is capable of anything artistically, and it’s NOT synonymous with thinking you’re beyond fault or anything.




2.) “No One Shares My Higher Purpose or Unique Nature”

In an old video presentation on free thinking, I said: “To begin (or enhance) self love, you have to appreciate your uniqueness, and forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made in the past.



First realize that, in all of creation, there is only one YOU….while somebody else can have you’re name, or any of your other attributes, nobody else can ‘be’ YOU.



In all of the planet Earth, and in all of the entire Universe, you’re a unique creature: you have a unique set of experiences, a unique set of talentts and skills, a unique perspective and a unique contribution to give to the world. That in itself is an amazing thing…”


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So remember this as you’re putting ideas together. Even if you’re talking about something that’s been discussed before, NO ONE can talk about that something like you can.



Remember that you have your own voice, your own perspective, your own style and your own set of dynamics that you’re ALWAYS bringing to the table (there’s nothing you can do about it). So in that sense, you’re always making something original too…




3.) “Piece by Piece, I Increment Momentous Change.”

What I mean here is work in small segments your mind can grasp, not gigantic chunks that feel like mountains. (It’s more of a practical technique then a mindset shift, but it has mental implications as well.)



If you have trouble conceptualizing how you’d “freak” a particular project as a whole, break it down into small segments that you can “overstand” and deal with confidently piece by piece.



When putting the book together for instance, I don’t just sit there and write “an entire book,” obviously. First I create the outline, then I fill out each section with essential ideas (like note-taking in reverse), and then I rough draft each section.






THEN I read through the entire thing to get a “holistic feel,” and finally I come back to finalize each particular section one by one, so that it ultimately feels like a series of great blog articles tied together by a thesis (which I can handle) rather than an ENTIRE book (which I can’t).



Learn to zoom in and out of the forest. Just like if you were using Google Maps, where you’d start with a general outlay of an entire area (like the borough of Queens) and then you’d hone in on particular neighborhood to see how the streets connect (like Flushing, St. Albans or Briarwood) in order to make travel plans.



Remember to constantly transfer between the two perspectives. Go in, and then go out – come up, and then come down – and focus your creativity on the specific, small sections while using the forest-level overview to give you a sense of how it all comes together.



Hope this helps. I tried to be as general as possible so that it can apply to everyone, so if you have any questions in particular (or comments…cause I love comments) just leave them below.



Peace,
+B



5 Comments »

  • DR. LEE BARBARA CONNALLY said:

    THIS POST ECHOES MY OWN S.O.P.’S (STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES! I TOTALLY CO-SIGNE THIS APPROACH TO LIFE!

    KUKUSAN

  • DR. LEE BARBARA CONNALLY said:

    WONDERFUL COUNSEL!

  • Bryan Ogilvie (author) said:

    Thanks Kuku…this piece actually took me a a couple of tries to nail down (did the first draft about 3 weeks ago), so I’m glad it came out strong. The response seems to be good as well. Take care…

  • Sepia Prince said:

    I really enjoyed this piece. The techniques are practical, and your explanations are concise. I got a fresh perspective on overcoming “creative blocks” and will be at the “refinery”. ;-)
    Peace!

  • haroon said:

    BIG LOVE FOR THIS!!!

    PEACE FROM LONDON UK

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