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Brainstorm: Master this creative essential to discover your best life

teacher avatar Yvonne Lines, Mindset Mentor for Lovin' Life!

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8 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Brainstorm: Intro

    • 2. Brainstorm: Lesson 1, Why Brainstorm?

    • 3. Brainstorm: Lesson 2, Comfort Zone

    • 4. Brainstorm: Lesson 3, Capability

    • 5. Brainstorm: Lesson 4, Future Now

    • 6. Brainstorm: Lesson 5, The Big Brainstorm

    • 7. Brainstorm: Lesson 6, Curious Questions

    • 8. Brainstorm: Lesson 7, Work Purpose

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Brainstorming is an essential creative skill that benefits many areas of our life. Learn a few different approaches that will help you get ideas flowing freely. Apply the approach to your personal life and come out with tons of ideas for how to live your best life. Then start refining the thoughts to develop something feasible.

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Yvonne Lines

Mindset Mentor for Lovin' Life!


Years ago, I used to go home, flip on the 'toob, watch hours of mindless tv, go to bed, get up, go to work, repeat. Finally, I got sick of it to the point that I decided to do something...

I read every leadership and development book I could grab. After 236 books, my mindset had changed so much, I was able to leave my steady job, build my own business, and still avoid an all-ramen diet. And now I can finally call myself a surfer and a motorbike adventurer.

I’m loving life and want to share what I’ve learned, so that you can live your best life too. 

I spend my time researching and learning nuggets of wisdom, give them a personal test drive, and if I find it useful, I’ll share it with you. My co... See full profile

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1. Brainstorm: Intro: e. I'm guessing you've done sense or a range sir before, but I want to give you the tools to be able to do a brainstorm. Really? Well, you come up with tons of options, and I'm guessing you probably haven't done a brainstorm to figure out how to create a more fulfilling life for yourself. Maybe you want to take all the skills that you've learned here and turn it into something more permanent, like you're switching from a hobby to turning it into more of a career. Or maybe you don't know what you want, and you just want to come up with tons of ideas, so they have lots of options to choose from. This course will help. You'll be able to get out of your comfort zone and come out with about 100 ideas that really excites you. And then we'll start refining those ideas and turning them into something a little more realistic for you. I mean, on lines, and I read hundreds of books and consumed tons of other media on leadership and development . I take the nuggets of wisdom that I've learned give them a little test drive in my own life . and if I find the information useful, I'll share. I'll post it on my blawg or put it into a video, or I'll even create a course like this one. I'm going to walk you through a productive brainstorm, and I'll give you a few different methods to try so you can pick and choose one that works well for you. You'll come away with a better ability to brainstorm, and you'll discover some skills and some interest that you might not have realized you had . You will even come out with a bucket list of things that you love. Then we'll dig down a little bit to get to the essence of why you love that thing and then how to bring it into reality so you can make it happen. I can't wait to get started. See you in the course 2. Brainstorm: Lesson 1, Why Brainstorm?: e want to tell you about something I can't stand. Hate seeing people struggling to reach the status quo when they haven't yet figured out specifically what direction they want to head in. The status quo is great for a lot of people, but it's not specific to any one of us. I mean, if we don't know what we're what we really want life, how are we ever going to achieve it now? This brainstorm is going to help a great deal. It will be huge in deciding what kind of life we want for ourselves. It's pretty common to do brainstorms in a business setting, but very few people apply it to their own life. I geared to you, though the more ideas you have, the more diverse Lee will be, the more innovative they will be. And you'll just plain have better ideas. I've even seen people's language changed. Once they realize how many options they have, how many possibilities there are, like they realize that there's really more of a choice. So instead of things saying things like, I have to do this or I have to do that, for instance, I have to go to work. They start to say things like, I choose to do this. I want to do that. I choose to go toe work because it's better than the consequences of not showing up. But they Once you realize how many choices you have and how much is really up to you, it just feels really empowering. And then you can create a better life for yourself because you're choosing consciously what direction you want to go in. Now, if you you may be thinking I'm not really very good at idea generation, I usually leave that up to somebody else. Well, that just means that you haven't really exercised that part of your brain a lot, but you can. Your brain is constantly growing and learning, and even if that part of your brain has been a little bit dormant, it's like taking it to the gym like you're not going to be very strong the first day you try it, but you don't have to do it all in. One day you come back and come back and strengthen that part of your brain and then you'll get there. Just keep working on it. No, my background. I come from a creative industry. So I'm used to break brainstorms, did them in school and through my career, and now I've applied it to my personal life. I've been amazed by how many options there are. It's it's incredible. And the one thing that I've noticed from people who think they're not good at brainstorms is not that they don't have a ton of ideas. There's an amazing amount of ideas, and you don't have to think about it all yourself. You can use other resources, so the ideas are not the problem. It's the flow of ideas and blocking that flow that can really trip some people up. So in the next few videos, I'm going to go through a few things that will help you get unblocked so that you can get that flow going. Because once you get one idea going, that's going to lead to another idea and another and another, and you can see how that flow. It's kind of like a ripple of flat backed but keeps moving, and that really helps come up with more ideas, which, of course, lead to better ideas. Now if you're a person who is used to doing brain stores, and you think this is going to be easy. I still want you to go through the next few videos because it's going to challenge you to take a little bit further. In fact, if you want that challenge, then instead of coming up with a massive amount of ideas, you can try focusing on one area of your life. So whether that is your health, including your mental health or relationships, how you connect to your loved ones, your spirituality, which for some people will include religion. But for all of us, it's personal growth and how we connect with our community and also our work and finances. So choose one of those areas now, keep in mind. No, none of those areas work on their own. They're not a silo. They work together. They are in harmony with each other. One area will affect another, but you can focus on one of those for this brainstorm if you prefer, let me tell you about a little success story. One of my sisters did this exact same brainstorm that you're about to do, and she did it with her husband. They went on their separate paths and filled it out themselves. And then after they had a whole bunch of ideas that brought it together and they compared notes well, turned out that they had some commonalities in there. They didn't was more of a bucket list brainstorm, and one of the things that they had in common was that they both wanted to go to Iceland and have an adventure vacation there. So they did it now, before the brainstorm, they wouldn't realize that they have that in common. So this really helped them discover what they wanted to do in their life, even just one vacation as opposed to their entire life. But it really helps set some direction for them. So they went to Iceland. They did this amazing adventure from one mountain peak through the valley to the other man peak like 26 kilometers and one day, amazing, right. And if you think about the areas of the life of that affected, it was their health. Obviously they have to be in shape for it. It's their personal growth, because that's quite a mental challenge that they had to get through 26 kilometers and their relationship. What an amazing way Now there s stage in their life where their kids are getting older, they're going off to school. They're focusing less on parenting. And this adventure really help them reconnect as a couple again So you can see how those different areas of life really come together, even though they may have only been focusing on having an adventure. So I urge everyone to open up to possibilities in life. Really urge you to think about all the different things that you can do all your options and then consciously decide where you want to go in life, what direction you want to take and live life on purpose. 3. Brainstorm: Lesson 2, Comfort Zone: way. In the last video, we talked about how a brainstorm can help us get more ideas which will generate better ideas, and we can make those ideas more specific to ourselves customize them for us. We also talked about how is not generally a lack of ideas that can trip us up. It's more blocking yourselves from that flow of ideas so that one idea can lead to the next to the next to the next. Now a successful brainstorm requires us to go beyond our comfort zone. Now I think about it. We need to go and do something different, something that is not the same as we've always done otherwise we'll end up with the same results, so we really need to push our limits for this to work well now. Historically, our comfort zone has felt safe because up until now everything's been OK. But that's a false sense of security. I'll give you a couple reasons why it's false. The first is an external reason the world around us is changing quickly, so we need to change as well. We've got global influence. We've got technology changing things so rapidly. The job industry is changing a lot of different fields will be disrupted and we've got to keep up. We don't want to be left behind, so that's an external reason the world is changing. Now let's look at an internal reason to push beyond our comfort zone. What do you think of your brain and your mind as two separate things? At least two things are often in conflict of each other. The brain likes to stay very conservative. It likes to reserve energy for when it really needs it. So it seeks out patterns. It likes to do things repetitive. Lee. It likes to stay in its comfort, zone our mind. On the other hand, our mind needs to stay active, used to constantly grow and evolve and learn, so you can see how those two elements can kind of battle each other. It's kind of like flying a plane on autopilot. You stay on autopilot. Eventually, you're going to hit some bad weather. At some point, you got to take over the controls. You've gotta let you mind, could take over the controls. So that weather, of course, if we can prepare for it, that's great. But if we can avoid it altogether. That's even better, so same with our brain and our mind. Eventually it's going, they're going to hit a crisis and if we could prepare for that crisis, OK, but if we can avoid it all together, that's even better. So there you go. Two reasons and external reason the world is changing and an internal reason the brain mind battle, why we need to get out of our comfort zone and push our limits. Now I know that it's going to make us feel vulnerable to step outside of what we feel safe doing. It's like learning a new skill. We're going to feel kind of silly at first, but we don't need to take such a giant leap. We can break it down again, like learning a new skill. We don't have to do it all at once. We can break it down Now. I want to give you a few methods of how we can break it down, things that you can try and you can experiment with all of them or you can mix and match. Choose whatever you think will work for you best. When we get to the brainstorm, I'm going to ask you for 100 different ideas, but I don't want you to feel overwhelmed because I'll help you break it down. So some of these experiments that you can try are you can bring in some resources. You can go to the Internet, search things like bucket list or job ideas or charitable ideas, all kinds of things. Three. Internet fantastic was a resource. You can also bring in a friend who knows you and ask them what are some ideas that they think you should do? Here's a game you that you can try. If you give yourself one minute to write as many ideas as possible, you're not going to be able to block yourself. You're going tohave to let those ideas flow. Sieving. Get 10 ideas in one minute. Just keep your pen moving the whole time. Another way to approach it is to not write it down It all you can grab any recording device like your smartphone and just say your ideas. Sometimes when you go to write it down, that's a bit of a barrier in itself. So if it's easier if you just talk about your ideas, you can do that. You could also try experimenting with different subject matters. You can try and get 10 ideas per topic. And don't worry. When we get to the brainstorm, I'm going to give you some topic ideas, and you don't have to worry about them just yet. But you can see how I'm going to need you to get through your comfort zone. But you don't have to take a giant leap. It could be a lot easier, and as long as you feel like you're pushing your limits and you're growing a little bit, then you're doing really well. 4. Brainstorm: Lesson 3, Capability: one big blocker to successful brainstorm is editing ourselves before we've even expressed the thought. Now, usually we do this because we think the thoughts not feasible. So why even say it or write it? Why put it out there? We can't do it anyway, right? But trust me, we're going to to refine our thoughts later. This is not the stage for editing. Editing comes later. Right now, we just want to let thoughts and ideas flow freely. One of the reasons we usually edit ourselves is because we may think that we don't have the skills to do something. Think Oh, I can't do that. So I'm not even gonna let it out there. But trust me, we have way more skills than we may think, because skills can transfer from one an area of our life to another way of transferrable skills. But what I worked in an office situation, I noticed on a regular basis people go off on their parental leave. And when they came back, they were able to chance for some new skills that they learned at home into the workplace, and it really helped them. So things like they were able to do better planning, and they had better communication skills and they could organize their time, better time management. They could work within creatively within a budget. They were great problem solvers, and they even had some leadership skills. Now, if you've been apparent of a two year old and you've learned how to motivate that two year old, trust me, you're going to be able to figure out how to motivate adults as well. So don't let a lack of skills hold you back because a lot of skills air transferrable. You may think that they're some skills that you're going to need in what you want to do in life that are transferable. You still have to learn them. Don't worry. There's a lot that you can learn as well. And it's not as hard as you might think optimal blocker thoughts, because we think, oh, I can't afford that anyway, So why would they even put that down there? But just because you want to do something that's expensive doesn't mean you can't do it. You can figure out how to manage your money in such a way that you're going to be able to afford more than you realize, or let's say that you've always wanted to write a book and you know that you can learn the skills to write the book. However, you also know that you need to promote the book and you're not very good at public speaking yet again. Those are skills that you're going to be able to learn. Remember, our mind is always wanting to evolve and learn and grow, no matter what age were at weaken. Always continue to learn, so whether we need to transfer some skills from one Irish in another or we need to learn some new skills were not going to block yourselves or edit ourselves because of not knowing how to do something. Yet now there's also an environmental factor here, but we made not realize and we're holding ourselves back because of it. But things change all the time. The world is changing so quickly, especially technology. So I know a lot of people have thought about starting their own business. But the idea of you know, starting a website and knowing the development encoding in the design and everything that goes into you don't even need to do that anymore. Technology has changed so that there are templates he can use that take care of that for you. So even if that change hasn't happened yet, know that it light in the next few years. So write it down anyway. Don't block yourself or environmental factors. Let me give you an example. I have always wanted to be good at surfing, but I lived in Toronto. There's no ocean around me. There are lakes. But I thought that unless I would go away somewhere and served, I'm just not going to learn how to do it. Well, well, I was wrong. So I'm so glad I had that on my list because I've realized that there's actually a lot of ways right here on the Great Lakes that are accessible to me. I didn't see it before because I'm generally at the beach in the summer, not in the fall, winter and spring, when the waves happen. But in the past few years, equipment has become more accessible and way more people are getting into like surfing, but now got a couple surf buddies, and I've been able to serve regularly right here in my hometown, so I'm really glad that I have that on my list, and I having it there made me realize that. Okay, let's research this a bit further. See if I could turn it into something and you know what I could. Amazing, right? So please, no excuses that the at the brainstorm stage no editing yourself. Let ideas flow freely. Don't block yourself, because trust that you'll figure out at some aspect of what you want to do that it's fulfilling. You'll be able to figure out how to achieve it and remember, you are capable of way more than you realize. 5. Brainstorm: Lesson 4, Future Now: you. You be doing this brainstorm to get ideas and direction on how you want to live in the future. But guess what? We don't have to wait till the future. We could start practicing the emotions that come along with our future state. Now there are a couple reasons by this is significant. The first is if we're enjoying this brainstorm, and we take it off into a daydream me kind of world revision allies ing What we're going to do in the future is going to make it easier for us to expand on ideas and get into that flow of ideas and thoughts that we were talking about. And if we can attach an emotion to it and that's going to take it even further, so often ruminate on the bad stuff. And this is going to help us get into the zone of the good day, dreamy, happy life that we're looking for, bringing that into our day to day life. So let me give me an example. Perhaps on your list is you want to take an adventurous vacation. Let's get a little bit more specific. Let's say you want to go to the Galapagos you're thinking of yourself there you get into that danger me point. You're snorkeling with some sea turtles. You're getting to this like you really want to care for those turtles. That's the emotion, the caring. Once you get into that emotion, it's going to take you to another place. Maybe you want to take that carrying further. You want to help the turtles in some way. Or do you want to help people be more equal friendly while they're on the island? Or maybe you want to do that at home as well. How do you do it at home? So that's an example of how one thought one idea. Once you attached emotion to it and start daydreaming in the lead to another and another and another. Let me give you another example. Maybe on your list is that you want to coach your kid's softball league this year and start thinking about it. Get into that daydreaming mode and you imagine the big smile on your kid's face when they hit the ball. They have a good hit, and then they just light up and they feel proud of themselves, and you feel proud of them. That's your motion pride and that makes you think, Well, what else can I do in that realm? It feels like I could take more pride in being a better parent. And then you start thinking about all the ways that you can become a better parent. So just to recap, you take one item that you might put on your list. You start daydreaming about it. You're attaching emotion, and that's going to help you get into the flow of ideas and start expanding ideas so that you go from one idea to the next to the next to the next you'll be at, like several ideas instead of one in no time at all. And here's another reason why I want to you to enjoy this brain storing process. So often we say things like, Oh, I just have to get past this week or finish this project or hit this deadline and then I'll be happy, you know, get Paston event before I can start feeling good about things. What we're doing when we do that is we're practicing the emotions we don't want, so we may be feeling stressed and misery and overwhelmed, and we're putting off feeling the good stuff until later. But the more we practice breath, stress and misery and over well, the better will become at it. You know, it's like learning a skill. You do it more and more, you're going to get really strong and things that you practice. And in this case those emotions are not the ones that we want to feel. So if we interject the good stuff instead of putting off the good emotions to the future during our daily life, we interject moments of joy, freedom, love, happiness all against up will get better and better at being able. Just switch gears when we need it. You know, if we don't practice switching gears into the good, emotions were not going to get good at it. And sometimes you finish that deadline or project and you'll be so caught up in stress and overwhelm and you haven't practiced the good stuff. You're not going to have time to learn how to switch gears into the good stuff before your next project start. So it's really important to take the good stuff, the good emotions and add it to our daily life so that we become really practiced at switching into those good emotions. What better way to take the future emotions that we want to feel and interjected into our daily life than Thio added to this brainstorm, where we're going to be daydreaming about some great stuff anyway? So remember to enjoy the journey, enjoy the process and practice, feeling what you want in the future right now today. 6. Brainstorm: Lesson 5, The Big Brainstorm: way there brainstorm section of this. So we've come up with tons of ideas that are going to make us happy in life. Now, before we start, there's a few things that I want to make Sure we've got sort of a bit of a checklist. I want to make sure you know why you're doing this brainstorm. Remember, the more ideas we have, the more innovative they will be and that will just lead to better options. They also want to make sure that we're not blocking yourselves. We're going to let the ideas flow from one to the next to the next. Let's do that. You're going to push past your comfort zone. Now, if these ideas are making feel a little bit anxious, that's a really good indication that you're doing well in getting past your comfort zone. So push yourself here. I also want you remember that you were going to get a chance later to figure out a little parts of ideas that you can make work and it's OK to put down things that may seem impossible at this stage will be refined later, and most importantly, I want you to enjoy the process don't forget to have fun, Spend some time daydreaming. Connect with the emotion of what these ideas air bringing to you. Enjoy what you want in the future. Now, if you refer to the worksheet, you'll see a thought starter page Now on. There is some of the methods that we talked about in the Comfort Zone video with getting different resources and playing different games and saying it instead of writing it. That sort of thing. I also promised you I would give you some topics to help get some ideas flowing. So as you doing this, try to come up with a few ideas for each of these topics. And remember, you can add to these topics you can switch them around. Whatever works for you is great. Grab a pen and flipped to the brainstorm worksheet. I'll run through some topics. As you're thinking, you can pause this video to go at your own pace. Try one of the experiments that come back to the topics. Anything that works for you. Okay, here we go. Give me a few ideas that are somewhat wild, like maybe you always been interested in space travel. That's pretty out there give me a few ideas that are adventurous. Maybe you've always wanted to hike a mountain. How about some quiet ideas? Maybe you wanted to set up your life so that every morning you can have a slow cup of coffee. How about some techie ideas? Virtual reality is pretty cool or anything. I really me. We've got the world at our fingertips. Pretty much travel ideas, cities, countries think about events as well. Well, this ideas, perhaps you've always wanted to learn how to meditate. Charitable ideas. Is there a certain cause that you've always been interested in something that's important to you? Maybe there's a few. How about something animal related? You know, I was chatting with a friend just yesterday who told me she wanted to get a dog. Think about some ideas that are activity or sports related. I'm on a softball team, and I have always wanted to hit a home run. How about something food related? I have a friend who started a business making and selling pies, and I gotta tell you they are delicious. Maybe there's a hobby that you have that you would like to spend more time on. Or maybe even take further into a side business, maybe photographer, your painting or something like that. And don't forget the four areas of focus, help, relationships, spirituality and your work and finances. Those are some thought starters for you, but I want you to make sure that this is specific to you. So bring in whatever ideas appeal to you, and we'll be refining this in the next couple videos. So it's no time for realism at this stage, and possible ideas are absolutely acceptable. Just keep letting ideas flow, and you can always come back to this. In fact, this is going to be top of mind for you for the next couple days. So you might want to carry around a notebook or something that you can write out on ideas as they come to you and then come back and add to your list. Most importantly, I want to enjoy the process, so don't forget to have fun 7. Brainstorm: Lesson 6, Curious Questions: way down the brainstorm. You've got about 100 or so ideas, and some of them are going to seem pretty random. That's a good thing. It's in this video that we're going to start getting a little bit more realistic. So I want you to take about 10 of your ideas and move it over to the refinement worksheet. When you're looking to which ideas to choose, I want you choose from your emotion from your heart. What makes you feel good? Might see it a little bit excited. Get some butterflies in your stomach, makes you smile, maybe makes you a little curious little nervous. Those are the ones that I want you to start bringing over and refining, and you might find that you'll bring over some single ideas. But some combinations of ideas might work as well. So, for example, a travel idea and an adventure idea might work really well together, and you can bring that idea over its one. So take a break and pull out about 10 or so and put them on your refinement worksheet and then come back. Okay, now we're going to start to refine these ideas a little bit we're going to ask why, Why? Why? Why, like a five year old does? And then we'll follow that up with what? Not what if and how. So these are some questions to get us really curious, and they're going to help us innovate as well. So let's start with why I'm going to use an example that I had on my own brainstorming worksheet. It's I want to be a pro surfer Now that's a pretty impossible idea. If I want really wanted to do that, I should have started about 30 years ago. But let's go through and refined this anyway. So Buster asking, Why do I want to be a pro surfer? It's because I love being in the water. I love the outdoors. I love being in the waves and playing in them to go deeper. I'm not going to ask why I want to be a pro surfer. I'm going to ask why to that answer. So why do I love the water? It's because it gives me a little bit of a spiritual connection. Some perspective on life. Some people go to church, I go to nature, so getting to go deeper, I'm going to ask why to that answer, The waves air really challenging. And I think that challenge gives me some growth of constantly learning. There's a positive possibility in every wave, and I can tackle it differently. So there you see by asking why, Why, why to the answers that you give to your first initial idea. You're going to go a little bit deeper and try to get down to the essence of what you really love about that idea. So for my case, I don't need to be a pro surfer. I don't even need to be good at surfing. I just want to be in that environment a little bit more so I can challenge myself, learn and grow. And I get that spiritual connection. So keep asking watcher answers. Until you come down to something meaningful, then we're going to switch to our innovative questions. Why not? So in my case, for surfing, like, why not just put myself in the environment more often? You know, do I even need to be on a notion? Maybe not. Let's go to what if What if I could get that same sense right here in Toronto so that I don't have to travel miles to get there. Then I could do it regularly, and I could feel that connection. And I could challenge myself on a more regular basis. What if that's possible? Hey, let's move on to How can I? How can I make that happen? Well, it turns out that I started researching and there is a group that does stand up paddle, you know, when you're standing on the board and they teach surf skills as well. And it turns out that there's lots of ways right here in Toronto, just not in the summer. That happens in the following winter. So I was able to put myself into that environment more often. Get that connection to the waves, get that spiritual nous happening that get the challenge and learning and growing that I've been looking for. And it wasn't actually that hard. I've really been enjoying it. So that example shows how asking why, why? Why helps to get down to something that's meaningful, the essence of your idea? And then when you start asking, why not, what if and how can I Possibilities start to come up? Let's look at another example. Maybe your brainstorm idea was that you want to be a painter, So start asking, Why do you want to be a painter? Perhaps you like creating something beautiful going for a blank canvas to something beautiful. Why do you like that? Is really about the creation. Or perhaps it's about the beauty in the visual sense that you get from a painting as opposed to a photograph. So why do you think you like that? Maybe it's because you've seen something that has these beautiful brushstrokes in this texture that is really appealed to you. And what you want to do is recreate something like that feeling that you got when you saw this example that you were looking at. So now you're getting to something meaningful, You getting to the essence of why you want to be a painter. You want to create something like you've seen before that give you that feeling that you get from looking at something beautiful. So instead of feeling overwhelmed like you have to give up your career and become Picasso, you just want to create something, get to get a start in the area of painting. So why not just try something go get a canvas, go get some brushes, a little bit of paint and just start playing around with it a little bit. Why not? And what if you were to find that piece that really gave you that feeling of beauty? Maybe there's some inspiration that you can get from it. In fact, what if you even research the artist and connected with that artist? Maybe ask them what their process is. Tell them that you really enjoy their work and find them on linked in or Facebook or wherever they are, See if he can hunt them down or a similar artist even connect with somebody. So how can you make that happen? How can you get that painting the way you want it to be? Well, once you have another artist process that's really going to help, and sometimes you just have to start, give it a try, see what comes out of it, and then you can reassess afterwards. Do you want to continue down the road of other paintings? You want to keep working on this one? Do you want to get some training? All those questions will come up when you start thinking about how can. Let's look at one more example. I know it's common for people to in the race from right that they would like to be a writer . They like to produce a book, and sometimes in their head they've got an idea like they want to be. JK Rowling or Stephen King are just having made or somebody like that. So let's ask why? Why? Why do you want to write and see if you can get down to the essence? You might find that it leads you to just wanting to get your story out, being able to share what's inside you so that other people can read it pretty simple, right? You don't have to be a big time author. You just want to get your story. That's the essence. So why not just do it? Maybe this weekend, why not just take a Saturday morning, a few hours and right in that line of what you want this book to be? And then what? If you were to continue that for just say, three months or so every Saturday morning, you've got a few hours to yourself to start writing and expressing yourself, and they think, well, How can you make that happen? Well, it's a matter of setting boundaries and priorities and setting that time aside to make it happen. So again you can see this big idea that seems impossible. You want to be a J. K Rowling coming down to something that you can actually make happen, and after the first a couple months, three months, you can re evaluate and decide where you want to go from there. So the method here is to innovate by asking curiosity questions. So why, Why, Why, until you get down to the essence of your idea and then why not? What if and how can I to figure out how to make it more realistic? Or some aspect of your idea realistic and doable? So that's one method to refining your brainstorm into something that's realistic. And in the next video, we're going to look at finding your purpose 8. Brainstorm: Lesson 7, Work Purpose: Let's talk about creating a meaningful work. Another brainstorm. Some of your ideas may pertain to work. Maybe it's the same job that you want to expand or you want to switch jobs entirely. Or maybe you want to do something on the side. Whatever it is, you likely have some ideas that are connected to your work life. You can use the curious questions again to get down to the essence of what it is that you want to do and how to make it feasible. Now we spend a great deal of time at work, so we should enjoy it or at least enjoy most of it. Part of how we can do that is to look at what we're giving and how we're receiving. So we want to be able to give something that is worthwhile, something of value, something that makes us feel like we're contributing to this world in a positive way. But we also need to receive in a way that makes us feel like we're earning it and were valued and were being appreciated so that compensation can come in many forms. We automatically think about money getting paid, but we can volunteer and also receive compensation in what is being returned in gratitude or the difference that we're making in the world. We feel good about that. So I want to make sure that we're looking at both ends of the spectrum, what we're giving and what we're receiving. Both of those things need to happen to be sustainable long term. It can be hard to measure what we're giving and what we're receiving. Can't generally put a number on it so easily. But as always, it feels fair to you. It feels like you're being compensated long term over what you're putting out into the world. Then you're not being taken advantage of. Then you're probably going to be in a situation that is sustainable. Ideally, you want to be generous on both ends, generous with your giving and generous with your receiving from your brain storm. You may have some ideas where you're starting something new, and in that case you're not going to have the give and take worked out right away. You're going to be giving by you trying to figure out how you're contributing to the world that other people appreciate before you're getting compensated for it. So that's what I say. Look at the long term because those two things don't always work hand in him. Sometimes one is more prominent than the other. Let me give you an example. When my mom first started painting, she was doing it for herself. Enjoyment. She just shed, always loved painting. And then she retired. She had more time. Your kids were all independent and picked up painting again. They should start to bring her works. Teoh Market a weekend market and was able to sell some stuff. So some stuff sold and it was received quite well by other people and some stuff she came home with again. And that was okay because in the beginning she was doing it to figure out her own self interest and then get into how to add value to the world. So she noticed that the things that were adding by each other people were some of her portrait. It's people really appreciated her paintings from, say, an old photograph of somebody, maybe a parent who had passed away and all this person had left was this, you know, poorly done. Photograph where the leggings off. It's all grainy and blurry and my mom would take it, and she turned it into this beautiful portrait, a memory that that person could cherish. So my months started to feel really good about her painting because she realized how much other people were appreciating it. And, of course, they were also paying her for it. She had commissioned, so that covered her supplies and some of her time and her experience, so she was feeling worthwhile in that way as well. So over time she needed to both give and receive to make her painting sustainable over the long term. Some of your brainstorm ideas, maybe about expanding your current career. Do you think about what brings you into work every morning? It's likely not your specific job description. There's likely something more to it than that. What do you what parts of work do you really enjoy? That is what finding your purpose is about the things that you enjoy. And there may be multiple reasons. So your multipurpose. So when I used to work full time, getting into work in the morning was never about helping to sell stuff. I worked. Some of what I did was in advertising that was never what got me out of bed in the morning and into the office. What did Waas being a mentor to my team? I had several younger designers who would look to me for coaching and guidance and bring out their potential, helping them understand something and then seeing their face light up when they got it and they knew that they were doing a good job. I mean, that was just priceless to me. So think about what parts of your job you're enjoying and try to see where you can double down on that. And as you're working through the worksheet on refining your ideas, keep those aspects in mind and make sure that you're including some of your purpose or your multipurpose in your ideas. So, going to the worksheet, I want you to think of a couple things. How are you in your work life? How are you both giving and receiving and make sure that you keeping your purpose over your multi purpose in mind as you're coming up with your ideas and refining? I hope you're coming away from this course, but some solid ideas that will lead to more fulfilling life for you and I would love to hear about your ideas. Or even if you want to bring storm with me a little bit, you can leave your comments in the discussion area. Or if you'd rather talk to me directly, you can email me at yvonne dot lines at Smart Life dot tips. I would love to hear from you. I always love hearing for my students. Thank you for spending your time with me. Good luck putting your ideas into action, and I wish you all the best in life.