If you’re reading this, I assume you have some kind of Problem that needs to be solved. It really doesn’t matter what kind of problem it is. It could be a piece of music you’re composing, and the bridge completely eludes you, even though the rest of the song is right on & sounds great. You could be a research scientist on the edge of a breakthrough, but you’re so frustrated that you can’t find an answer for one seemingly small problem, that you feel like putting it in a drawer indefinitely. All you need is the right Stimulus! Don’t keep banging your head against the wall…go out there and find yourself a Stimulus!
The Stimulus that will generally produce the Idea that you need, will usually be in the last place you would think of finding it. One very important component, is that you must use or go to your Stimulus with a completely open mind and with your body completely relaxed. A few apt correlations would be Mindfulness Meditation or Bruce Lee’s Mind Like Water. One last caveat: you must not actively think about your Problem or solving it. Just let it roll around in your subconscious.
Here are a few Stimulus ideas:
Relax! Forget your problem! Have fun!! The Idea will come to you, maybe that day, maybe a week later, but it will.
For most children, summer vacation is a time for staying up late, sleeping in, playing video games for hours each day, and doing as much of “nothing” as is humanly possible! They want to get as much of this done as they can before school starts in the fall. Parents (educators too) need to be sure that children are not falling into the depths of summer vacation and experiencing “summer slide”. A lot of research has been done and the results conclude that children who read on a regular basis during the summer can improve their reading level and fluency. Lack of or no reading at all during the summer can make a student’s transition to the next grade level somewhat difficult, so why not find creative ways to get your child engaged in reading during summer vacation? It can only help!
Here are some tips regarding how to help your child become committed to reading during the summer and school year as well.