During one of my usual, random research sessions, I came across James Altucher’s article on How to be the Luckiest Guy on the Planet in 4 Easy Steps (a must read). In this post he describes the four areas of life that he depends on to help him bounce back in tough times: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. In describing his mental practice/exercise, he stressed the importance of strengthening his idea muscle. James writes down ideas every single day and believes that it takes approximately 3-6 months to build up the ability to easily come up with creative ideas. I was so intrigued by this concept that I wanted to do some more research. Lucky for me (and you) James’s wife, Claudia wrote a book on how to Become and Idea Machine.
I got this book and within just a couple of days of completing the prompts, I could feel my brain searching for new ideas in every situation; it was almost scary! There are 180 prompts, each one challenging you to come up with 10 ideas for the day. The very first prompt, for example, asks you to look at 10 things that frustrate you and turn them into 10 things that you can be grateful for. The prompts are thoughtful but thought-provoking. I found myself coming up with business ideas, blog ideas, and so much more. Some were out of pure fun, but I still couldn’t believe how easy it was becoming for me to think creatively.
According to the Altuchers, ideas are the currency of life and I’m so ready to cash in. If you purchase the book or have a similar practice, drop me a line at Rayna@SucSass.com and let me know how it’s working for you!