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How To Use The Ideas You Have And How to Get
Plus, is it possible to
train unconscious ideomotor movements to channel more and
A reader of this website wrote:
dear wily walnut, Hi my name is
Surfer* and i have a problem. i have ideomotor
that alows ideas to come to me every so aften like i have a
horror movie thought a music company toy figure designer
clothes and some more stuff but i can't write scripts and i
can't direct and i was was wondering could you help
I wrote back and asked *Super Surfer* to
clarify what he meant by ideomotor, how he received ideas via
ideomotor, and to give me some more background on his life.
The reader replied, briefly:
Well one thing is my ideas is not that
good enough.so i want to know what book do i need
to get to have better ideas.something to come me
faster. ideomotor is something i cant explain
but i wish i could tell you about
So my reply to him was:
Dear *Super Surfer*,
If I am correct, you want to know three
1. What can you do with the ideas that you
2. How to get even better ideas?
3. A book suggestion that will help you with
your ideas and creative thinking?
1. Using the ideas you
I presume that you would like to be able to make money from
your ideas. But at the moment you feel that you don't have the
talents, contacts or resources to put your ideas into
Ideas are worthless unless they are put into
action or shared. Everybody has ideas of one sort or another.
But most of us never get around to putting those ideas into
action. You can find ideas at the Global Ideas
Bank or Half
Bakery given away free by people
who don't want to do anything with their ideas or can't see
a way of profiting from it.
I don't know how old you are or what you do for
a living, so I can only presume that you don't think there is
any way of incorporating your ideas into your work or teaming
up with someone at work.
I would suggest that you see if you can partner
with someone else who maybe has the skills you are looking for
but is short on ideas. You can be the ideas man and they can be
the person who helps you realise that vision.
You first of all need to think about what your
goals are. Ask yourself which of your ideas seems like the best
one, or the most likely to succeed? Which idea gives you the
best feeling and which one would you most enjoy working on?
Then you need to do some research online to see
how you can break into that particular industry.
With something like your horror movie idea, you
say you can't write, but you can talk, so just record your
thoughts as though you were telling the story to a friend. Then
transcribe your recording into written words. Get some feedback
from your friends. If you think it has "legs" as an idea, then
see if you can contact someone within the industry. I have
certainly heard of people selling a movie idea when all they've
got is an idea scribbled on the back of an envelope. So
who knows! You're in with a chance. You just need to focus, and
keep trying different things to achieve your goal.
Discover how to generate
ideas that turn into money!
2. How to
get better ideas:
First you start with quantity and then you move up to
I think you can reframe what you refer to as
your "ideomotor problem" into an "ideomotor opportunity". Ask
yourself questions that help you, rather than questions that
hinder you. A question that hinders you is something like, "Why
does this happen to me?" A question that will help you is
something like, "How can I use this to be really creative and
productive?". See if you can develop the "ideomotor
idea-delivery system" so that it really works for you and helps
you be truly creative.
Ideomotor as I understand it is: unconscious or
involuntary bodily movement made in response to a thought or an
idea rather than to a sensory stimulus.
Hypnotists use ideomotor signals from their
patients to communicate with the unconscious mind. The
unconscious mind has huge creative powers and if you can tap
into that by learning to control your ideomotor responses and
channel them through things like automatic writing, or
channeling words that you record, or just setting up a hypnotic
dialogue with your unconscious mind through the ideomotor
signals that your body produces, it could be very very valuable
Going back to the "how to get better ideas"
question, I would like to address the issue of self-esteem. If
we have low self-esteem, it is likely that we will
automatically have a low opinion of the ideas that we come up
with. The person with low self-esteem sees themselves as
worthless or not good enough... and so they also think of their
ideas as having no value and not being good enough. On
the other hand, someone with high self esteem can often have an
average idea but they think it's great and because they proceed
with confidence, they convince every one else that it is
valuable too and they end up profiting from it. A good way to
boost self-esteem is to listen to
The other way to improve your ideas is to see
all failure as feedback. If you are doing nothing about your
ideas, you are not getting any feedback on whether your ideas
are good or not. But if you have an idea and you start to put
it into action, then you will at least start getting feedback
from other's opinions, and whether the idea works the way you
thought it would, and whether people start buying it.... all
that feedback helps you refine your ideas and get a feel for
what people want, what will work etc.
As far as a book to help you improve your ideas,
I do recommend Thinkertoys
(click the link to read a review of it). It offers a lot of
ways to become deliberately creative. The more you work at
creativity, the better ideas you will have, particularly if
you put those ideas into action as much as you can.
I hope this is of some help. Feel free to write
again if you want to discuss any of this further.
questions? I'd love to hear from YOU. Email me:
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