Day 9 – Free lateral thinking and creativity lesson
Creative goal setting for the “exceptional” . . . above and beyond!
If you’ve made it this far, embraced the lessons and my recommendations to share with and teach others, then this is THE most important step of the creative thought development process.
The fact is that 90%+ of the people that started this journey haven’t made it this far.
That’s okay, I fully expected that. Not everybody wants to be exceptional. It’s just like that old adage:
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”
The goal setting we are going to discover today is primarily for goals of “exceptional importance and vision . . .
. . . goals that are life-changing.”
(N.B. a more traditional and well-proven formula for achieving success in the more typical goals that make up our lives follows at the end of this lesson)
Virtually every single management and training course anywhere will tell you one thing:
“Set achievable and realistic goals”
For the vast majority of goals that you will set in life, the above statement is absolutely true.
However, today we break that rule.
From today, YOU will be a person of “exceptional” vision and creativity. Don’t doubt it.
TODAY I WILL BE ASKING YOU TO:
- Set goals that are well beyond the expectations of others; and
- Set goals that are well beyond your own expectations.
Let’s jump in . . .
Step 1 – Identify what are you truly passionate about?
ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT ANYTHING?
Life is pretty mundane without passion.
As I’ve grown older (and supposedly wiser) I’ve come to realize that nearly all of us fall into the trap of contentment.
Fortunately, if you’ve made it his far through my lessons, YOU are NOT content. You are hungry. You want more. You may never be content. This lesson is for you.
Whether you already have that “something” that you’re passionate about, or, you are still looking around for something to grab you and make you excited, the primary goals that you must ALWAYS prioritize before all others are those that involve your passions.
Everything else comes second.
My ultimate passion is creative and lateral thinking.
Step 2 – Engage your imagination!!
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”
– Albert Einstein
Dream about your passions and where they could lead!
Do you ever dream of achieving something HUGE or being someone/something really great? Then “reality” hits and you say things like “I’m too old”, “I have kids now”, “I’m too busy”, “I can’t because . . . “, “I just have to do/finish this first”?
Those are excuses. Pretty good ones too . . . but not good enough if you are to become truly exceptional.
Forget about your excuses for a moment, forget they even exist. Instead, think about your passion and imagine the ULTIMATE place your passion could take you. Have NO fear here, there is NO failing in your imagination.
I dream of becoming a world-famous and successful protagonist of lateral thinking, one that breaks open the science of lateral thinking creativity to launch it into the previously not considered world of creative writing and philosophy.
Take a short break here to engage your imagination. Relax, take as long as you need.
Step 3 – Write down your goal clearly!
Don’t be afraid, and don’t worry about stuff like it being impractical or unlikely.
That dream that you just had?
That thing you just imagined?
Write it down in clear and unmistakable language. Right now if you can, scroll down to the comments section and write down the goal(s) of your dreams that are a product of your passion(s).
No matter what you just imagined, if it is your passion, if it is your dream, write it down.
If you’re not sure about what your passions are exactly at this time that’s ok. Don’t write down frivolous goals for the sake of writing something. Come back at a later time when you have discovered/realized your passion and repeat this lesson.
My goal of passion is to achieve fame as I create the World’s first “lateral thinking novel”. Roswell’s Final Witness will be recognized as not only smashing through blinkered beliefs and assumptions, but will open the world to the concept of creative lateral thinking applied to fictional writing.
Step 4 – Tell everyone about your goal
“Oh no,” you think.
Today is the day that you start your journey to real success. Success is the realization of your dreams, the dreams of your passions. Today, you take a leap of faith.
- Post it on your social media.
- Tell the family at dinner.
- Stand up at work and tell everyone.
I personally have posted my goals on social media, discussed them with friends and family, and I have further put the entire process that I have created and expect to unfold here online for all to witness, critique and contribute to. See my “Marketing Plan“
Step 5 – “Backwards” plan your goal
Lesson 8 covers this pretty well. Make sure you include a timeframe.
At this point, do not be too concerned with the seemingly “impossibility” of your task. Remember, lateral thinking will smash through the “blinkered” thinking that has shackled you in the past.
Ignore the “experts” that advise against your dreams. Be bold (Lesson 5).
You don’t need to share your backwards plan to success, but I strongly suggest that you do. Invite others into your journey, especially people who have goals with synergy to your own, or those you hope to include.
It is important to note that your backwards plan may include hurdles that you have absolutely no idea how you are going to get over. That’s okay, do the plan anyway and work out how to achieve it once you’ve finished this course
My personal backwards planned goal is clearly displayed in lesson 8.
Step 6 – Engage your inner creativity and bring your goals to life
The power of creativity of the mind is something we are only just beginning to understand. You have some awesome skills already within your repertoire, and there are some more to come.
It’s late at night and you’re about to embark on a drive from Roswell, New Mexico to “The Big Apple”, New York City.
As you start your journey, you’re clear in your mind where you have to get to. You know this because you’ve “backwards” planned your journey so that you will arrive at a time that is ideal for your needs. You’ve created various stages of your journey . . . benchmarks of progress/achievement . . .
Roswell – Dallas – Oklahoma City – St. Louis – Indianapolis – Columbus – New York
As you start on your late night journey, what have you done? You’ve entrusted faith, or confidence, into your plan to arrive in New York.
As you’re driving along, your headlights only illuminate up to a maximum 100 yards ahead. Does this bother you? No, you know that there are roads (pathways) that will eventually arrive at your destination. You may never have traveled this road before, but that’s ok, you can reasonably assume that if others can do similar “leaps of faith” and succeed, so can you.
The Columbus to New York leg creates a problem. Part of the road is closed to flooding. What do you do? Do you give up? No, you take a small detour to Pittsburg that allows you to avoid the flooding, and you arrive at your destination pretty much on schedule.
It is impossible to foresee every problem you might encounter along the journey to realize your goals. There will be unforeseen obstacles. Unlike the journey from Roswell to New York though, there are likely no roadmaps to the goal of success you have set.
This is why creativity is so important.
To travel the well-traveled path, the proven path, is easy. However, the results are usually pretty flat. If your goal is a business venture, the potential success of buying an existing franchise is far less than if you create an entirely new brand and franchise system from your own creativity. Your goals of passion will often require that you travel the untested/unproven path.
We’re on our way from Roswell to New York again, only this time, it is at a time that no one has ever made that trip directly before. There are no maps, no bridges, no rest stations and you have only your own resources to rely upon. What do you do?
- You pioneer a new path between the two locations;
- You map that path so that you can create a freight and passenger service between the two;
- You use your creativity to improve and shorten the journey as you regularly traverse the countryside;
- Occasionally you try a different route to see if there are possible benefits;
- You creatively combine your tasks, passengers, and freight needs to create innovations in your service.
Are you seeing the point?
The skills that you receive here are skills that will result in you achieving your goals . . . no matter how untraveled the road.
You are rapidly becoming equipped with the MOST EFFECTIVE tools to overcome obstacles and succeed as you complete these simple lessons.
It’s time to start the engine and begin your journey. And don’t be afraid to plant your foot down hard . . . there are no speed limits for success.
That’s it for today, we’ll be talking more about achieving your goals and removing obstacles to your goals in subsequent lessons.
As promised earlier, “Traditional” rules for setting goals.
For those of you not familiar with the “norm” of goal setting wisdom, it can mostly be summarised as the following. Goals should:
Your goals should:
- be specific, and clearly stated;
- give a definite timeframe;
- be measurable, and you should be able to gauge your success along the way;
- be achievable;
- be relevant to your circumstances, needs, and demands.
There are a thousand ways these same principals are taught by different practitioners You can substantially improve your prospects by engaging these simple rules. They work for goals at work or at home. However, if you master the power of creative thought, my method should be used for goals that are of life-changing importance.
This more traditional set of rules are for everyday goals.
YOU are the exceptional creative thinker now.
See you tomorrow.
YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY PROGRESS
You can now share and discuss your understanding of the need for creativity and what it involves:
- Creative thinking is merely the combining of two or more ideas that haven’t been combined/considered before;
- Our education and life experiences can often lead to a “blinkered” viewpoint; and
- Never be afraid to defy the experts. Experts are often reduced to being cogs stuck in the machinery of their own expertise.
Creative thinking/lateral thinking skills that you can now use are:
- Random starting points;
- Considering the viewpoints/perspectives of others;
- Challenging the status quo by asking “why?”
- Look off the path of dominant thinking;
- Backwards planning; and
- Setting goals of passion.
CREATING NEURAL PATHWAYS
Today I ask that you sit down with someone you care about and discuss the commitment to achieving the goal that you’ve undertaken. Show them the path that you’ve taken. Explain to them the skills and understanding you will be incorporating. Invite them to watch over your journey.
FEEDBACK AND SUPPORT
Please, use the comments section below and state your goal/s of passion! Ask if you’re not sure about something.
WHY “CAESAR” in “CAESAR RISING”?
The main character throughout the Caesar Rising series of novels is a lateral thinking protagonist, Julius “Caesar” Ryan.
Julius is a composite character of real-life people that includes me.
The last surviving witness to the alien encounter is a real person also, whether you believe his story is another matter. I actually don’t know if “Evan” was telling the truth or not. It really makes no difference though when you realize that Evan was my Random Starting Point to lateral thinking creativity that will change the world.
Lateral Thinking Investigations . . . of the Third Kind.