by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson
- Tell someone about it. The process of articulation often causes us to change our point of view.
- Listen to what he says. Now that you've told them, lean forward and listen wholeheartedly.
- Ask questions. Get clear on what you're hearing.
- Imagine fully what she means. What must be true for her to say that back to you?
- If that is true, then what? How would you have to change your thinking to accommodate, adapt, account for?
- Create an excellent thinking environment for someone else. Challenge their thinking by listening wholeheartedly.
- Play "What ifs?" Explore by turning ideas, arguments and thinking this way, then that.
- Put Spanx on it. Compress your thinking into 3 words. Focus yourself. To be concise brings clarity.
- Put it in a wheelbarrow. Describe your thinking in sensory-based terms. What do you see, hear, taste, smell and touch as part of that thought or idea if it were to come to fruition.
- Step away. Sometimes giving it a rest is the best challenge. Your mind will background process.
- Draw, sing, paint, write or dance your thinking into physicality. Affinity diagrams, haiku, movement experiments can all offer insight.
- Cook a meal, take a shower, drink tea while watching the rain, go for a walk - do anything that gives you a little time for your unconscious to sneak out and talk to you while you aren't paying close attention to everything else.
Enjoy being a challenging thinker!