"Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them."
- David Allen
How many times have you thought to yourself “I wish I could do that!”.
Have you ever had what you thought was a great idea at the time but then decided that it may not be a good idea after all?
How would things be different in your life if you had a lot of ideas everyday, regardless of whether they were good ones or bad ones?
Maybe you are one of those people that regretted never continuing piano lessons. Or maybe you wish you were able to paint a picture. Perhaps you want to write a novel one day but don’t have any ideas for it yet. Perhaps you wish you were better at cooking or had better business skills.
Everybody wants to reach an achievement milestone at some point in their life, but for a lot of people those dreams of being able to do something are usually put on the back burner only to be forgotten about and left to whiter and fade away.
Studies have shown that those who wrote down their goals and aspirations on a regular basis achieved those goals at a far higher level than those who didn’t by almost 50%!
You see, by only thinking about a goal, you’re only imagining it. Writing it down ignites a new level of consciousness and motivation.
The key to coming up with good ideas is to have many of them.
Spend 3-5 minutes writing down 10 goals you wish to achieve in life.
It can be a creative goal, a financial goal, a relationship goal, anything.
Entrepreneur and writer James Altucher (who writes down ten ideas a day), has said that if you find writing down ten ideas difficult, then try 20. Coming up with twenty ideas is more difficult than coming up with ten, but that’s the point of this exercise; to really work your brain and what Altucher calls the ‘idea muscle’.
Don’t worry yet about whether you will achieve those goals, execute the ideas or whether they seem ridiculous or too far-fetched. The idea is simply to have them.
An extract from the forthcoming book Think It! Make It! by Richard P John