There are times when you really have to get creative in solving problems. The solutions are not always clear cut black and white answers. Sometimes tweaking an old idea to create a new one will solve the problem. At times, those “new” solutions that you can come up with become inventions that are household names.
For instance, in Michigan the name Ford is a household name, because Henry Ford saw a need for motorized transportation. Eventually it became the leader in the “Big Three” in automobile sales and production – all because Henry wanted to solve a problem.
Even if the solutions to your problems don’t produce a major automobile company, they are can be just as important – in your own life, if not in someone else’s. So it is important that find your creativity in reaching solutions. You have to be able to find that Aha! Experience when you need it. The Aha! is the idea, or the creative spark that creeps into your mind unexpectedly. It’s the emergence on a new pattern, a previously undetected relationship, or an unusual new combination of familiar events that lead you to a plan and a conclusion.
For those of you that are totally analytical people, this puts your right brain to work to get past the numbers and hard, cold facts that may not offer solutions but will instead describe the problem. For you creative people, this should come fairly easy for you. First use your right brain then put your analytical left brain to work to decipher what you find.
The first step in this exercise is to precisely define your problem or situation. For example, you have been offered a new job that is out-of-town, requiring you to move. This mean uprooting your family, or leaving on your own to work until the rest of the family can move. What is the solution? This is not a decision you can make in one day. You have to consider many factors.
This requires some Brainstorming. Use two sheets of paper. One is for the good points in taking the job and the other is the bad points in taking the job. Give yourself only ten minutes with each one, and write down what you are thinking about each one. When you are done, fold them up and put them away until the next day. Then compare the two. You will begin to see the Aha! that you can follow in making your creative decision to solve your problem.
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