In The Magic of Thinking Big, the late Dr. David Joseph Schwartz offers advice predicated on the idea that our thoughts dictate our lives. When we learn to control our thoughts, he suggests, we can take control of our lives. Once a "belief mindset" can be established in a given individual or group, there is virtually no limit to what we can achieve. So it's gonna take a lot of practice and persistence to really shift into the levels of badass-ness that we'd like to reach, but with such resources at hand it'll probably be easier.
Anyway, today I'm going to talk about Schwartz's views on creative thinking. According to the book, creative thinking is a variety of thought that allows us to make things real that were once considered impossible. Landing on the moon, for example, is a gargantuan product of creative thinking, but more accessible examples Schwartz uses include getting more customers for your business, sending a child to college, or opening a hair salon.
Creative thinking is not normal for most people because the majority of us are stunted by what Schwartz calls "tradition paralysis".
"Traditional thinking is personal enemy Number One for the person who is interested in a creative personal success program."
Note the language he uses: a personal success program. So every person is different, faced with unique situational challenges, and if we are to get through those challenges we have got to develop an effective strategy--based on things we previously considered impossible--and try a new "program" for our specific case. So what does he recommend we do?
First: "WHEN YOU BELIEVE, YOUR MIND FINDS WAYS TO DO." So we gotta believe. Instead of maintaining the traditional belief that "it's impossible", begin to ask "How CAN it be done?", and not just rhetorically but take pen to paper and brainstorm. Ask "How CAN I do better?", "How CAN I do more?" Then, consult other people for ideas. He says we've got to get asking and listening more; it is only from outside that we can get new ideas. Then mix it up: seek information from resources that may seem to have nothing to do with your particular challenge; intimacy with outside perspectives can yield potentially revolutionary results.