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The planning section of The Christian Power Book requires you to use a technique called Brainstorming.

Brainstorming is a powerful method for surpassing your analytical brain and tapping into a creative reservoir of ideas.

Before you begin…

Set the Stage for Creativity: Before beginning any brainstorming techniques, it is important to set the stage for creativity.

Change Your Environment: Go somewhere different from where you do most of your work.  Find somewhere you can relax that is clean and uncluttered.

Relax:  Research from cognitive scientists shows that creativity occurs during brainwave activity in the alpha range, which is distinct from the beta range where we spend most of our normal waking consciousness.  The more you can relax, the easier it will be to get into alpha and get your creativity flowing.

Music:  Music has powerful effects to quickly shift your attitude and the energy in a room overall.  Use music to lift your mood, relax, and get your creative juices flowing.

The Principles: The main idea with brainstorming is to come up with as many ideas as possible.

Quantity counts.  Quality doesn’t, at least initially.  So, during your brainstorming session let your mind run free and seek to create as many ideas as possible.

State Your Intention:  What are you brainstorming for?  Whatever it is, be crystal clear about what you want to walk away with after the brainstorming session.

Begin Brainstorming:  Let it flow!  Come up with as many ideas as you can.  Not as many good ideas. . .or as many brilliant ideas.  Just as many ideas as you can.  Period.  At this point, do not allow yourself to critique anything at all. Turn the internal editor off.

Once you have all your thoughts and ideas out there and you’ve exhausted your creativity, put your analytical, logical editor hat on.

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