Random Word Stimulation is a powerful technique that provides a practical method of accessing your subconscious mind and utilize the wealth of information it contains to generate fresh new original ideas.
Regular practice causes the brain to expand its neural network to accommodate this free-form style of thinking which strengthens connection to the subconscious mind and endows the practitioner with greatly enhanced creativity and critical thinking skills.
The best part is that the benefits of improving your thinking skills comes from the practice of generating new ideas about things that matter to you. Using this simple technique you can find new ways to solve personal or business problems, create new inventions, improve existing products and services, explore your own feelings and your relationships with others, and in the larger sense - to discover new ways of thinking about absolutely anything that interests you.
Before you begin you will need a printed dictionary. Not a dictionary on your computer – an actual old fashioned analog book. You will also need a way to take notes – pen and paper or computer is fine.
Write down exactly what it is you want to generate new ideas about. You can work with any type of subject, there are no limitations. Try to capture the true essence of what you’re looking for in as few words as possible. Be specific in your description, a vague description will usually yield equally vague results.
The subject can be stated in the following forms:
1. Solve a Problem - State the problem to solve. Defining a problem is an art in itself. A clear perception of the problem is the first step toward discovering an optimal solution.
2. Generate Ideas - State what the new ideas are about. Perhaps to create a new invention of some kind, improve an existing product or service, or simply to gain a deeper insight into any subject.
3. Ask a Question - It’s amazing how answers can present themselves with the help of some random stimulation - answers that come from the same mind that asked the question!
Close your eyes. Open the dictionary to any page and place your finger on the page. Open your eyes and write down whatever word is closest to your finger. It's very important to use that particular word whether you like the word or not. This technique works best when there is no obvious relationship between the word and your subject. Don't choose the word - let the word choose you. Randomness is critical so use whatever word you point to, write it down, and don't let your eyes wander over the page. Of course it's a good idea to read the definition so you understand the full meaning of the word.
Repeat this procedure to select five or six random words from different pages in the dictionary.
At this point you have reached the critical juncture that will determine your level of success in using Random Word Stimulation.
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