Problem + Stimulus = IDEA!
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.