When you create belief in yourself, you start to understand that life experiences are there for the taking. As your belief grows so will your accomplishments and accomplishments are made because of the germination of ideas. As your belief grows so does your collection of ideas. This is because when you believe that an idea can form into a beautiful thing of tangibility it sticks. The ideas of people who have no belief are strewn all over the pavement and Daydreamers tread all over them each and every day.
When you start to increase your belief you set off a chain reaction in your mind. As you take the necessary action to transform from a Sleepwalker into a Daydreamer it is like a dam has been removed from your brain, a dam that had previously been housing all of your wonderful ideas. As your eyes open and your mind starts pouring out all sorts of information, you start to worry that you cannot capture it all. Short of carrying a pen, so you can tattoo these ideas onto your skin, here are five top tips that I found useful when trying to capture the ideas that were leaking from my mind.
1. Carry a Dictaphone
When my idea dam first broke I was still working on the railway. As I drove back and fore to work, ideas just streamed uncontrollably from my mind. In an attempt to record them all I would write all over my hands and arms. This is not a very clever thing to do when you are driving at 75mph, so I decided to buy myself a Dictaphone. You can pay as little or as much as you like for a Dictaphone. I paid around £35 for my first one but these days you also have recording devices on most mobile phones. When an idea comes into your mind, just switch on the Dictaphone and tell it your story.
It is interesting that at a time when you are trying to clear your thoughts, your mind just tries to push as many through as possible. Not only do I find that my mind is full of unwanted thoughts during meditation but I also find that ideas flow more freely after I have finished. It is a good idea to take a few minutes post meditation and write all of your ideas down. If you do not meditate then I seriously suggest you give it a try. At first you can feel a little silly, but once you get passed it meditation becomes just a way of life, and is an alternative to spending copious hours watching crap on the TV.
There are a lot of apps available in the market that are used for taking notes but the one I have found to be the best so far is Wunderlist. Wunderlist can be found on multiple platforms and it allows you to synchronise between devices. When I am on the move I use my iphone and it synch’s with my Macbook Pro when I am at home. Wunderlist allows you to create as many sub lists as you like and it is a great way for storing ideas.
4. Thinking Journal
The first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do before I go to bed is to write in my journal. I find that emptying my mind in the morning allows me to generate ideas and to also free up some much needed space for the creativity I will need throughout the day ahead. In the evening I empty my mind to help me sleep and during each session I will note down any creative ideas that I have.
5. Weekly Round Up
With all of these forms of ideas you need to make sure that you have a schedule to collate them all. Each week on a Sunday I spend some time going through all of my notes and making sure they are recorded on my Wunderlist. Then I spend some time going through them all and placing them in order of priority. Without the weekly round up your ideas might as well be flying around in the breeze than being stuck in an index system you never read.
Do you have any great tips for capturing your flow of ideas when the dam breaks?
Nobody really told me to expect such a rush of ideas, thoughts and feelings when I finally woke from my 34-year slumber. For a while I started to panic because I had no control over the flow and could not shut it off to even sleep at night. The need to empty your mind is really important. Not only does it preserve your sanity but it allows more room for more ideas to come flooding in.
I believe that the process from producing a thought to actually seeing it develop in real life is crucial to life success, but it doesn’t happen naturally. You need to work hard at making sure that you make the most of your opportunity. Turning ideas into reality is what the most famous entrepreneurs do in their everyday life and you too can join them if you want.
I felt it was only natural for me to write this blog post because it was such a key stage in my development moving from Sleepwalker to Daydreamer.
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