Generate brilliant ideas by relaxing your cognitive filters
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The mind of a child is full of weird ideas, but when adulthood comes, it sets up cognitive filters inside the mind to block out strange ideas, letting only the conventional ones pass through.
The brilliant ideas don’t cross the ‘toll gate’ established inside us, and we need to adopt strategies to relax our cognitive filters and let those ideas come through.
New ideas come to the surface level when we are calm and have an open mind. Most of the time we are not.
Multitasking often fails because the mind cannot take more than one task at a time and resorts to task switching, juggling our cognitive abilities.
A tight schedule never produces brilliant ideas, but ends up poisoning free-hand thinking.
Set aside full days or weekends to do absolutely nothing, just keeping everything open-ended. The stressors are then removed and the mind is uncramped, ready to bend and stretch to make new connections and associations.
Shower thoughts only happen when the mind is relaxed!
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