Use Creative Discipline To Find Solutions

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Brian Kight

Everyone wants solutions. Not only that, they want options too. So do you. You want productive solutions and you want the ability to choose for yourself which ones are right for you.

Sometimes feeling stuck isn’t due to lack of solutions or lack of options. It's a lack of creative discipline. Most of the time there are plenty of options for solutions. The simplest application of creative discipline will reveal them with surprising consistency.

For any solution you want, start a list. Call it “All My Options For _____.” and add your objective. What you’ll do is write down each potential option that could contribute to or create the solution you want. You’re not going to rush this. Your list will add up over days, weeks, sometimes months. Keep adding to it until you’re fully engaged in actions to create the solution and ultimately until you actually achieve it.

Begin your list with the most simple options. Write down the obvious. These may not always be total solutions but might be key contributors. Write down things you may not know how to do, may not like to do, may be uncertain about, may think are beneath you, may think are above you, may take a while, may cost a lot, etc.

Literally any option for a solution you become aware of goes on your “All My Options” list. What have you seen other people successfully do? Put it on your list. What have you seen other people try but it didn’t work for them? Put it on your list.

This is the practice of creative discipline. The creative element is opening your mind to more options, including new unfamiliar ones and the ones you already know but resist. The discipline element is writing them all down in one place, forcing you to acknowledge them head on and make purpose-driven decisions.

Everyone wants solutions. Everyone wants options. They’re available to everyone willing to do the work. 

Everything is training for something. Do the work.

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