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3. Creativity > 32. Go Backward to Be More Inventive Going Forward

Go Backward to Be More Inventive Going Forward

Review the steps that led to a new idea, and maybe you can do even better next time.

When you next have an idea that solves a problem or that you are pleased with for some other reason, take the time to review the process by which you got there. Doing so can help you refine the idea, and it also helps you to have more good ideas in the future.

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One approach is to look at the emotions around idea formation. Try this out the next time you have one of those “Aha!” moments, while the emotions around the discovery are still new. Notice the emotions around the discovery. You might have both positive ones and negative ones. Both are part of your normal discovery process. Use the positive emotions to reward your mind for the connections it has just made. It might feel strange, but do it anyway. This in itself might lead to clarifying related ideas that were just below the surface.


  

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