How to Mindstorm
using the 20 idea method of solo brainstorming
Here's a creative thinking technique
that works like gangbusters! You probably know all about or at
least have a pretty good idea of what brainstorming is, but do
you know what mindstorming is?
With brainstorming, you get
a group of people together and just generate as many ideas (in
response to your challenge) as possible -- without any
judgement or editing while you are doing it. It's a great way
to combine the computational and creative power of many minds.
But what if you don't have a group of people to brainstorm
with? Or what if you just want to do your creative thinking on
your own? That's where Mindstorming or the 20
Ideas Method comes in. Think of it as solo brainstorming.
Here's how it works:
Tools: Paper and a pen
Set up: Write the problem / challenge /
goal at the top of the page.
Note: The more specific you are, the better
the results you will get.
Action steps: Begin to generate ideas or
answers to your challenge. Keep going until you have at least
20 answers or ideas.
Key points: Your first answers will come
easily. Keep pushing until you have reached at least 20. Just
let the answers and ideas flow. While solo brainstorming or
mindstorming, you set the judgemental mind aside. That means
tell that spiteful inner critical voice to shut up! We're just
working with the creative mind. Ideas can be whacky and crazy.
It doesn't matter.
Afterwards: Once you have your 20 ideas, go
back over them and choose the one that feels right to you.
Trust your instincts with this. Your unconscious mind is a
wonderful guide if you relax and trust it.
Optional: When you have chosen your idea,
you can put that at the top of another page, and do
mindstorming to generate 20 ideas on how you could implement
This creative thinking technique can trigger ideas and
breakthroughs that can shortcut years of hard work.
Source: I first heard about this idea of
Mindstorming on Brian Tracy's audio program,
Thinking Big: The Keys To
Personal Power and Maximum
Performance. I can highly
recommend it to you. Brian Tracy has a brilliant way of
communicating top quality information in a very clear and
usable way. The section on Unlocking Your
Creativity alone was worth the price. It is packed with
valuable ideas you can immediately apply.