The first step to accomplishing anything is to simply to believe it can be done.
When you hear a new idea, which person are you?
Person A: That’s just not possible. It’s can’t be done. We’ve always done things this way so that’s the way it’s got to be done. I don’t have time to help you, I’m already too busy. Sorry.
Person B: It’s an interesting idea. What a great opportunity! I’m sure we can figure it out. I’m busy but I’ll find a way to make it work. YES!
Let’s try to live every day as Person B. Exercises like the one below help us continue to think creatively in initially difficult situations. Once we get beyond the initial resistance our brains begin to unlock ideas and our true potential. The sad part is most people give up on things when they don’t come easy.
Below is a powerful exercise from Dr. David Schwartz’s book, “The Magic of Thinking Big” to practice coming up with creative solutions to challenges. The question has been changed from the book (his questions was, “Could we eliminate prisons in 25 years?) to a more socially relevant question affecting millions of Americans today.
How could you own a house within 5 years starting with bad credit and no money today?
Think about this question for a moment. What’s your initial reaction? Does your mind begin to think of ways to own a house in five years or did you give it a few moments and then reject the possibility saying, “No, it’s just not possible?” Whatever you did is fine, just be aware of it. If your mind shut down and rejected the idea, you are probably missing opportunities right in front of you everyday. Eventually with enough practice you will be able to train yourself to look at opportunities optimistically and come up with creative solutions to any of life’s challenges.
I have a challenge for you. If you’re reading this, you are who this is directed to. Do you part to help come up with 50 creative answers to the question above posted in the comment section below!! Add 1, 5, 10, 25 – this is an open opportunity to you regardless of how well we know each other!
Rather than dismissing the question as impossible, impractical or a flat out waste of time, just for a moment, let’s pretend it’s possible. What sort of solutions can you come up with? Practice opening up your mind and working through the voices that are telling you this is a waste of time. The greater good will come down the road when you face an improbable situation, that does matter in your life, and you’ll remember back to this and start making a list of potential answers.
Ok, back to the matter at hand. Our goal is to get 50 ideas of ways to own a house in the next five years starting with no money and bad credit today. What would you do? Beg, borrow, steal? Who would you ask for help or would you put your head down and work really hard?
Let’s come up with 50 or more creative answers below!! YES!
There are no right or wrong answers – and every answer is a good one in my book as it will help you practice opening up your mind to think of creative solutions. This is a learned skill!
Just for a minute, forget all the reasons why it won’t work and can’t be done, and imagine if it could be done, what types of things would you do to own a house within 5 years starting if you were broke with bad credit today? Try and come up with 10 creative ideas and add them below!
Please # your answers for easy counting and together we can come up with 50 creative solutions to this (or any problem). This is a great exercise to do with a mastermind group as well if you have one! Also if you have a question to submit that you’d like “masterminded” using this message please leave it below – happy to use this community to help you!
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Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
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