Try on a relentlessly positive, can-do attitude before tackling the big stuff. The proverb goes "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Practice the art of positive thinking to unlock creative ideas. Use this as a warm-up before brainstorming or to energize your team meetings.
1. Write down 3-5 catastrophic scenarios. Here are some ideas to get started:
- Everyone in the world has a cold.
- Mice have been injected with radioactive debris.
- All phones have been shut off.
2. Gather a group of 3-5 people and tell them it's time to take something that would appear to be negative and reframe it to be as positive as possible.
3. Take turns calling out the positive aspects of each scenario rather than the negatives. For instance, if it rains non-stop, the positive thing could be that there would be no more droughts in the world!
4. Harness his affirmative energy and bring into your next brainstorming to generate new, bold ideas.
Bring the art of positive thinking to your day-to-day. Practice responding with "yes, and..." instead of shutting ideas down when you're working with your team. It creates a more open, optimistic and ultimately more creative environment.