1. Every morning, I write down 10 or more ideas. About anything.
In every study I have heard of that examined why creative people are creative, the only conclusion anyone has come to is: creative geniuses don’t have better ideas, they just have more ideas. Therefore they also have more statistical outliers. They have more really good ideas and they also have more really bad ones.
By writing down ideas every day, you train yourself to come up with more and more ideas. It’s like a muscle. If you don’t work it out every day, it will atrophy.
I got this from James Altucher and you should read these two posts on his blog. Been doing this since March 18th, which isn’t a long time ago, but I can already tell this is a spectacularly awesome thing to do every day.
2. Every night, last thing before bed, I open up a text file with two headings:
Below them, simply write out your thoughts... and your emotions.
Everything you go around thinking about in the day. Things bothering you, things you think are awesome. And everything else.
Do the same thing with your feelings. Feelings about stuff, feelings about money, feelings about people, etc.
Clear everything out of your head.
In my life, everything is about flow. Keeping thoughts inside your head creates obstruction, which is the opposite of flow. Certain types of thoughts and emotion combinations will stick in a nasty spot and just fester. The ripple effects will cause self-destructive patterns in all areas of your life.
So every night before bed, just clearing out all that junk -- good and bad -- makes a world of difference.
I used to have trouble sleeping. I never do as long as I do this.
The amount of “breakthrough” ideas I have, have probably at least tripled since I started doing this.
Try it and let me know what happens.