Are there different ways of thinking?
If you are not a genius, so you can still apply the strategies and methods that once Aristotle and Einstein used to organize the power of a creative mind.
Ways of Thinking
1. Look at problems from many different angles and find different views.
Leonardo da Vinci was convinced that at the begin we must review a problem in different forms.
2. Run the problem in your mind!
As soon as Einstein wanted to think through a problem, he thought it necessary to think of many different variations of a problem and he visualized solutions.
3. Produce! Productivity makes a genius different from others.
Thomas Edison held 1,093 patents. Famous scientists have not only publishes excellent work but also a lot of bad, they were not afraid to fail.
4. Discover new combinations!
Combine ideas and thoughts in different versions, even if they seem to be absurd.
Gregor Mendel (a monk from Austria) combined two completely different areas, biology, and mathematics, and developed the law of heredity, the base of the new science of genetics.
5. Form relationships and make connections between different areas.
Da Vinci tried to find a relationship between the sound of a bell and a falling stone on a water surface. This led him to the discovery of sound waves.
6 Think in opposites!
Physicist Niels Bohr was of the opinion that by bringing together opposites’ thoughts, the mind gets to a new level. His ability to understand light both as a particle and as a wave led to his idea of the principles of supplementation.
7 Think metaphorically!
Aristotle said that metaphors are a sign of genius. He believed that someone who is able to link similarities of two completely different areas is an individual with a special gift is.
8 Be prepared for accidents!
Once an attempt fails, we tend to give up to begin something new. Failure can be extremely helpful to find ways to change and get different results. Not the question of why did I fail, but rather the question of, what did I do wrong, leads to solutions to problems.
Most important for the right way of thinking, is a calm, clear mind and right, deep breathing, which can be archived through meditation.
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I have to say I resonate most with da Vinci’s way of thinking. If there is a problem, I fist get into a relaxed state of mind. I never go to the knee jerk reaction of an emotional response of a problem.
I then like to look at it from all angles. I write down what I can do to face that problem and fix it. As I write, there are many ways that come out on that list. I choose the best one I can and go to it!
Thanks for a refreshing article!
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Hi Donna ,
yes getting in a relaxed state is the most important
thing I think ,with a mind stress ,problems may get
I too like to look from different angles ,it can even
get pleasant this way, when we see all the different
You have a very good way to do it ,Donna
I enjoyed your post Erika. Thanks for listing all the different ways people have thought of solutions to problems. Some of them seem a bit challenging for my poor old mind. But I do agree that a clear mind allows infinite possibilities to emerge. I clear my mind by early morning exercise. I love to walk. I find that this relaxes me a lot. It rids me of any stress I may have and sets me up for a productive day.
Take care Erika.
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I think you do very good with your walk in the morning ,
I like to go for walks too to get a clear mind .
It is one of the best ways for me to think
and get clear .Specially a walk in the nature.
Great post Erika. Solving problems is so important and even more so as an entrepreneur and the more successful you become the more problems you need to solve. Thanks for sharing.
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You are welcome ,Jenni
With the right way of thinking and in a relaxed state
we are able to solve problems easier.
Thank you for the comment
I love these suggestions to think in new and different ways. My favorites are to think of opposites, to find the relationship between different areas, and to discover new combinations. I did that when I heard Daniel Pink talk about motivation in business. I extrapolated the principles and used them in a course (not yet presented) about motivation in long term relationships.
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Yes I like opposites as well specially to reverse negative
and look for positive and yes there are new combinations to
find .I am sure learning different ways of thinking can
help to improve relationship .
Very rightly said, we are what we think.
Think bad..we are bad.
Think good..we are good.
Think we cannot do it..we are failures.
Think we can do it…the world is our oyster.
Great post…thanks for sharing.
Best wishes and regards.
Thank you for the comment Marcel 🙂
I like this post! The way you thing and view aspects and events of your life can make all of the difference in the world. Fear is one of the biggest obstacles in the way of greatness and I am glad that you addressed it in this blog. If you can conquer if by looking at the positives and setting small goals, then you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to. Thank you for sharing!
Hi Kyle ,
yes ,the law of thinking is the base of everything .
we life in a world of abundance and if we think right and act.
we can accomplish what we set our mind to and get what we want.
Fear we can conquer with the right thinking ,like Dale Carnegie
said ,think about the worst and start to improve this .
Right thinking and the will to get there and act on it .
Its all to do with what spin you on any given situation, is the glass half full or half empty
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right ,lets see the glass half full
and learn to think in better results .
These are great suggestions. I attended a workshop early this week where we tackled different methods of problem solving, which I feel is one of the most essential skills in life. It was interesting observing how everyone approached challenges differently.
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Hi Rachel ,
I am sure it was interesting and
learning to think in different ways
is really a essential skill ,like you say.
Thank you for the comment
Such a great post and gives us a lot to think about. I am happy to say that most of the time I do try and see things from all angles and decide the best way to proceed but sometimes I don’t. Your point #8 strikes a cord with me the most. I think it is so sad that some people give up so easy. You never know how close you came to finding the answer or making it work.
Have a great day.
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you are right some give up and stop thinking
right before the solution .
It is good to take time and see things from
different perspectives. there is always a way 🙂
Thank you Monna
A very thoughtful article Erika!
When teaching it is wise to remember that we all ‘think’ and ‘learn’ in different ways as our brains are wired differently depending on our upbringing and environment.
I’m a huge believer that ‘thoughts become things’ and remind my children of it often.
What we think about and how we solve problems are all a result of past experiences but changing our thought patterns to improve our circumstances is an art form in itself.
Great work here 🙂
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Hi Sonia ,
you are right ,it is not easy to change our
kind of thinking we are brought up with ,
but this is what I want to show ,that there
are different ways to think and true it can be an art 🙂
Good to realize there is always a way to make things work .
Something that has always helped me is mind-mapping. Not with computer software, but by hand, using sketches and symbols as well as words. Mind-mapping integrates various parts of the brain, and is amazingly creative and productive in sorting out knotty problems.
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Hi Willena ,
yes everybody can find a way which
works .The important thing is to start and
realize that there are different ways of thinking.
It may take time 🙂
Fantastic post! We are definately what we think about! Thank you for sharing such valuable insight 🙂
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Hi Joan ,
nice to see you here,
I am happy you liked my post .
Keep going with positive thoughts.
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