Do you often struggle to stretch your imagination, and come up with new ideas?
Want to find inventive ways on how to amuse your kids, impress your partner, entertain your friends – but are running out of ideas?
Are you a student, writer, or blogger, and struggling to come up with what to write about, what topics to choose, that you can make a real difference with?
When you have free time, and your loved-one asks “what would you like to do today?”, do you look at them, and say, “I’m not sure; what would you like to do?”
Or do you just do the same old things, go to the same old places you usually do?
Well, you’re not alone in running out of ideas, not being able to decide what to do. Most of us, at some point or other, come across this problem.
There is an easy solution that you can use; one that will get your brain working overtime – without any hard effort on your part.
It’s a game called “what if you could . . . ?”
A fun game to play
You ask yourself “what if I could do anything?”
What could you do, enjoy, have, experience or create?
You play it by making up lists. You write those lists in your list book, or file on your computer, tablet or phone. You can do them anywhere, any time, and make them however long or short you want. You can add to them, build them over time, or just keep making new ones.
I’m a great believer in lists: not lists that rule your everyday life, to be bound by an “I must do today” stick. However, lists can be useful when you need to focus on important deadlines. Yet this game is not about deadlines or goal setting. No, for me this game is about having fun.
Lists expand your thinking, help your imagination and creativity
If you spend a few minutes each day playing this game, you’ll soon discover the fun you can have with it, and love making your lists.
Your subconcious will love you for it, because you have given it more possibilities to work on: you’ll expand your thinking. You’ll lift your spirit, through feeling the enjoyment of experiencing them while you’re writing them, or re-reading them.
Your imagination will come to life, using its power to visualise what it would be like to do, or experience, some of things on your list. The more you allow your senses to feel these, the better you will enjoy making the lists.
For example: imagine your favourite food. See it now, in your mind’s eye. Watch it being prepared by your favourite chef. Listen to the sound of it cooking or sizzling on the plate. Smell the delicious fragrant aroma, notice the vibrant colour and shape of it.
How juicy, succulent and delicious it is; feel each mouthful, as you slowly bite into it. Notice the taste in your mouth as you chew each bite. Is it smoothe, sweet, creamy and buttery, or is it sharp, spicy, crispy or flaky? How yummy does it taste?
Enjoy imagining similar experiences, as you write your lists.
Fill your mind with new possibilities
I love using lists to get my creativity working, to help fill my mind with possibilities. I use lists to develop my imagination, get me thinking about a new project, a DIY job, things I’d like to learn to do, or places I want to visit.
Lists are like brainstorming ideas but, if you write them down in a notebook or journal, they will be there anytime in the future, to look over and think about.
Life changes in so many ways; what you might want or dream of doing today, may not be what you want next year, or even 5 years from now. That’s why lists are so much fun; you can make up as many new ones as you like, about anything you want.
Lists are also a useful way of asking yourself questions about how important those things are for you.
They help you to create new dreams, and make new decisions, about what you want to do. Lists help you to open up your mind to new things to think about.
Warning! Lists can become addictive
Why not make a new list every day just for fun, about anything you want? Or revisit old lists, and see how much of them have been ticked off, one way or another, in your life?
Don’t just make a bucket list of things you want to do before you die. Make others about food you want to try, books you want to read, music, films, theatre, sports, hobbies, restaurants, places to visit. List anything you want to spend more time on, or experience.
Allow the sensations of all your senses to come alive with each and every item you put on your lists. Imagine what it will be like. Let the experience of enjoying them become real in your mind.
Imagine yourself on that beach, or going to a concert, cinema, theatre, or socialising with friends. In short, don’t just wait to do these things to enjoy them. Make sure you enjoy just thinking about them while writing your list.
Get into the habit of doing this daily: while traveling, or enjoying a cuppa, or hanging around in a waiting room – in short, any time you have a few spare minutes. You will soon find that this fun habit becomes quite addictive.
It’s the one addiction that is good for you. You will improve your creativity, imagination and thinking daily; all, while having lots of fun.
Susan J. McCann
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