Reading About Creative and Positive Thinkers is Inspirational

Young Living Founder D. Gary Young

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned how important it is to get and stay inspired. We’ve also talked about how learning new things will help keep our minds sharp and how it helps us think creatively. Today, we’re going to combine these two ideas and talk about the benefits of reading about creative and positive thinkers.

There are so many amazing people living today and who have lived in the past that we can learn from. It doesn’t matter if you’re admiring the foresight and creativity of technology gurus like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg, if you admire ancient thinkers like Plato and Aristotle, or anyone in between. There are many great thinkers and inspiriting people out there, and you should be reading about them.

Head to your local library, bookstore, or favorite online bookseller and look for books written by or about your favorite big thinkers. Make it a habit to learn a little more about them each month.

If they are current big thinkers, read their blogs, watch the videos they publish, or follow them on social media. Get your hands on anything you can and pay attention to how they think and how they share information. You know you’re striking gold when you get a glimpse of their daily habits and what they do to encourage creative thinking.

Not only will you learn a lot directly from reading about these people, you’ll also get and stay inspired to do your best on this journey towards creative and positive thinking of your own. Very early on in this series, I told you that you can do what you think you can do.

It’s a great motto to live by and something that definitely holds true. The only problem is that it can also limit us. If we don’t think we can do something or haven’t even considered the possibility that we might be able to do something, we won’t be able to do it. That’s why it’s important to read about other big thinkers.

They open our eyes, expand our horizons, and show us what’s possible. Look at some of the advances we’ve made in technology over the past 100 years. If you lived a century ago, you could not possibly have imagined ideas like blogs and social media, high speed internet and video conferencing, or little devices like smartphones that hold entire libraries and allow us to communicate at the touch of a button. No matter how creative of a thinker you may have been, you couldn’t possibly have thought about these ideas… and with that they were out of your realm of possibility to reach.

When you read about and learn from other big thinkers, it opens your mind to what’s possible. Study them, follow them, learn from them, and most importantly, be inspired by them.

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Dealing With Setbacks in a Positive Way

No matter how hard you work on personal development, on positive thinking, and on how good you get at coming up with creative solutions to any problems and roadblocks you encounter, there will be a time when things simply don’t work out. Life isn’t all roses and sunshine. We all face difficult times and setbacks. How we deal with them is what sets us apart. In today’s post, I want to walk you through the process of dealing with setbacks in a positive way.

Forgive Yourself And Give Yourself A Break

When you are dealing with a setback, it’s important to forgive yourself. We’re all human. We make mistakes. We make the wrong choices. We don’t get as much done as we’d like. We miss our goals. It happens. Don’t let a small setback wipe out all the hard work you’ve done towards positive thinking. Don’t start beating yourself up. Instead, forgive yourself and move on.

If you have a hard time with forgiveness, just give yourself a break. Things happen and often they are out of your control. Another good way to look at it is to imagine if this had happened to someone you love. Would you forgive them? Then why aren’t you being just as kind to yourself?

Figure Out What Went Wrong

Next, it’s a good idea to give some thought to what went wrong. If you take the time to review and retrace your steps and figure out what happened, there’s a lot to be learned. Isn’t that a much more positive way to deal with mistakes and setbacks than giving up? I think so too.

Take the time to figure out what didn’t go right so you can do better next time. While you may not have an obvious answer every single time, I’m sure you can learn something from the experience. That in itself is a positive action. Of course even when you do figure out what went wrong, there’s no guarantee you’ll get it right the next time. But if you never try again, you won’t know.

Come Back Better Than Ever

This brings us to the last step. When you know what went wrong, it’s easy to avoid making the same mistake again. Figure out what went wrong, put on your creative thinking cap to come up with a better solution, and try again. And again, and again. The point is don’t let setbacks stop you from reaching your goals. Don’t give up. Stay positive, get creative, and keep going until you make it work. That’s what sets truly successful people apart from everyone else.

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Kick Start Creative Thinking By Suspending Limits

Let’s talk about suspending limits and how we can use it to kick start creative thinking. It’s a great way to start a brainstorming session, or use it on its own whenever you’re having a hard time coming up with creative solutions.

Here’s the big problem with creative thinking. Our minds try to keep us in the realm of possibility. The brain tries to stay within the box where it’s nice and safe. Our regular thinking processes go along the lines of what we know will work. That’s the opposite of creative thinking.

The best way to break through this thinking barrier is to suspend your beliefs and limits. When you erase the box, seeing what’s outside it becomes easy. To do this, ask yourself the following:

If money, physics, time, etc. weren’t an issue, what would you do?

Give it a try. Start by going through this as an exercise on a regular basis. Ask yourself a hypothetical question or post a problem, and practice suspending limits. Here are a few examples:

  • If time, money, and physics weren’t an issue, where would I go on vacation this year?
  • If money wasn’t an issue, where would I live? What would my house look like?
  • If willpower and time weren’t an issue, what would I eat, what would I do to stay in shape and what would I look like?
  • If money and obligations weren’t an issue, what would I do for a living? How would I spend my time?

Give it a try and see for yourself how freeing it is to suspend your limits. While you won’t always come up with workable solutions, you’ll come up with some interesting ideas that may lead to other creative ideas.

Let’s say you’re thinking about the family vacation and something cool to do with your son, who happens to be a space buff, this year. Suspending your limits completely, you come up with the idea that going to the moon or even mars on vacation would be amazing. While that’s not a workable solution (at this point), it may give you some great ideas for space-type tourist destinations you could visit. You may end up heading to Cape Canaveral on vacation, for example, something that may not have crossed your mind until you suspended your limits and got creative.

How else can you incorporate this into your life? Make it part of your daily journaling. It always makes for some fun journal entries. Get your family, your close friends, and your team at work involved. Use suspending limits as an ice breaker for any and all discussions, conversations, and meetings; and see where it takes you. Have fun with it, and you’ll surprise yourself with the creative ideas you come up with.

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Challenge Yourself to Say Yes More

In yesterday’s post, we talked about taking risks and how that relates to creative thinking. Toward the end of the post, I encouraged you to take a few more risks. One way to do this is to say “yes” more often. “Yes” is a powerful word that can have a huge impact on your life and your thinking.

Don’t just take my word for it. One of my favorite quotes about success is from, none other than, Sir Richard Branson:

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”

That’s the kind of strategy that gets you thinking creatively in a heartbeat. But, how often do we actually do this? Most of us have been raised to be cautious and prepared. We don’t like to stick our neck out there and say yes unless we’re fairly certain that we’re able to do what we’ve said yes to.

Sadly, that’s a very limiting attitude. You don’t know what you might miss out on by not saying yes. We already talked about avoiding negative words. The next step is to start embracing the yes and going for it.

Yes, you should accept opportunities even, and especially when, you’re not quite sure how you’ll get it done. Saying yes allows us to get more done and come up with solutions that will surprise even ourselves. We’re capable of so much more than we think we are. Saying yes more often will prove that to us.

Saying yes will help you with both positive and creative thinking. Getting in the habit of saying “yes” as your default response instead of “no” or “maybe”, gets you into a positive frame of mind. As soon as you start to say yes, your mind starts to work on figuring out what it will take to make what you just agreed to happen. It’s a good place to be.

The next question is, of course, how to get in the habit of saying yes more often. As with any new habit, it takes practice. Become more aware of the opportunities that are offered to you. Pay attention and make a note of every question you’re asked. Promise yourself to say “yes” more often. You don’t have to take it quite as far as Jim Carrey in the movie Yes Man, but give it your best shot. See how far you can take it and what sorts of opportunities start to open up to you when you challenge yourself to say yes more.

Most importantly, pay attention to how this one little mindset shift and habit affects your creative and positive thinking.

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Taking Risks Sparks Creativity

I have an interesting concept to share with you. It’s the idea that risk taking and creativity and creative thinking, in particular, are connected. The basic idea behind creative thinking is to go beyond the obvious, beyond the norm. That takes courage. That takes putting yourself out there with an unproven concept and an idea that could possibly be ridiculed. In short, thinking creatively and voicing those thoughts means taking a risk.

The reverse is also true. When you allow yourself to take risks and step outside your comfort zone, you start to think more creatively. Taking a risk means going all in. It means that you’re fully committed and you’re probably a little excited as well. That gets your brain fired up and helps you make connections that you wouldn’t see otherwise.

Taking a risk also means that you have something to lose. Our minds are very good at avoiding pain. This could be physical or mental pain. That means that if you take a risk and put yourself out there, your mind will do everything it can to reduce or eliminate the pain or risk of pain. This is again where you get creative and find yourself coming up with solutions you wouldn’t have come up with otherwise.

Here’s the perfect example. Let’s say you’re running your own business and you risk your income by investing in a new marketing course or hiring a business coach. The expense may be a stretch and, if it doesn’t pay off, you may not have the money you need to pay your employees or yourself. That’s a pretty big risk.

It’s also the type of scenario where you find yourself going through the material in record time and implementing everything you learn. It’s the time when you work closely with your coach and hustle to grow your business. The risk is lighting a fire under you and making you work harder, and more importantly, making you come up with creative ideas to make up the expense.

When we take risks and tap into this creative thinking ability, we see huge growth in our business, in our personal life, and in ourselves. Isn’t that worth getting a little uncomfortable for? Start thinking about where you want to see growth in your own life. What problems are you facing? Don’t be afraid to take a risk. Stop playing it safe and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what your mind will do to reward you for the risks taken.

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