Point to Ponder
Mental Vitamins and brain
By Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
The mind works best when challenged with a daily routine of
creative thinking, just like an exercise program designed to
condition the body's muscles. The late Earl Nightingale, noted
self-help expert, devised a very simple method that requires
- An open mind
- A pencil or pen
- A pad of paper or something to write on.
The system or method he devised works as well today as it did
when he introduced it to his readers and listeners. Here is my
recollection of his system, as I practice it.
- Give your subconscious a pressing problem to
digest and gnaw on just before you go to sleep. Spend 20-30
minutes thinking about a challenge, problem, or opportunity you
are dealing with currently. When you lay down forget about it.
While you sleep your subconscious mind, the source of most
breakthrough ideas, will be mulling it over and thinking about it
from various perspectives and sides.
- Wake up an hour before anyone else. Find a
comfortable place to sit, get a coffee or juice, a pad of paper
and a pencil or pen. This can be my biggest challenge as I often
am creative late at night. The key here is to pick a time when you
will not be distracted or disturbed.
- Relax and let the ideas flow. Write
everything down as the ideas occur, no matter how wild, far out,
or seemingly impractical they seem. Don't stop to edit or judge
these ideas, just capture or record them. This is a
solo brainstorming session. Capture and collect -
analyse and judge later. Let your mind do a mental dump onto paper
into a form you can do something with later.
This simple brainstorming method worked like a
charm for Earl, on a regular basis. It produced some profitable,
outstanding ideas, which he later launched successfully.
According to Earl, the key is the subconscious mind, which acts
like a gigantic warehouse for ideas and thoughts, floating
around just below our conscious mind awareness. Insights or hunches
are ideas, which simply bubbled up from the vast reservoir of our
In essence, studying or feeding your mind a problem or
outlining an opportunity just before you go to sleep is like
stuffing your subconscious mind. This feeds your powerful brain new
fresh material to play with and from which to work.
Try this simple form of personal brainstorming, you might
inspire yourself with the wisdom you draw from your subconscious
Once you have generated ideas, simply transfer to your computer
for further research, refining, or editing.
© Copyright 2011 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey www.ideaman.net
Bob is a productivity strategist and creativity catalyst
who regularly writes for North American Consumer and Trade Journals,
on-line magazines and company intranets. He is the author of 10
leadership and business success books and the 48th person
in the history of Toastmasters International to earn their coveted
professional level Accredited Speaker designation. He is a
professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional
Speakers and the International Federation for Professional Speakers.
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I love the privilege of traveling the
world sharing my ideas and challenging people to move out of their
comfort zones into the winner's zone. The more I travel, the more I
realize that beneath the surface we are very similar. We have
similar dreams, fears, challenges, and successes.
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past few years I've had the chance to visit a number of different
countries... Iran, England, Germany, Switzerland, France, Mexico,
(just returned from my second visit to Cuba last month). Last year
alone I visited Australia, The Netherlands, Korea and
Once you get past the politics and get to
know the people, you experience the real connections.
People around the world are open to connect and to share
People from various cultures and
communities walk through your doors. Treat each of them with respect
and invite them to become a part of your family. I have found
people around the world share similar desires, challenges and needs;
when I respect them, they respond and I have had numerous amazing
friendships develop from this attitude.
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Been a great month so
22nd, my friend and amazing keynote speaker Peter
Legge is flying in a day early to do a special evening just
for CAPS Edmonton. Follow this link to find out more details. If you
know anyone in the Edmonton area please let them know and invite
them to join us for the evening.
Working to finalize
details on my last two presentations this month. I have
another webcast on the 22nd and a 2 hour session for a large road
construction company on the 31st.
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