5 Creative Problem Solving Techniques (SUBCONSCIOUS)

Not long ago, we spoke about building self confidence and the different ways to build your self confidence. When defining self confidence, we discovered that self confidence is largely dependent on your ability to complete a certain task. As a result, learning some creative problem solving techniques are a great benefits to your self confidence. Check out these 5 suggestions in this article to start solving your problems…

Creative Problem Solving Techniques: Using the Subconscious

Use your subconscious to help you solve problems.Many times people will try to solve a problem for a long time. They’ll try all kinds of problem solving strategies they can find but still have no success. They’ll look at the problem one way and then look at the problem another way and still come up with nothing.

Then there are some people that state how inspiration to solving their problem doesn’t come from looking at the problem… Instead, the problem is solved by taking a break and moving away from the problem…

Although there are many different problem solving strategies that you can try, today we’re going to focus on 5 Creative Problem Solving Strategies that will get your subconscious working for you!

Creative problem solving strategies - Go for a run to help boost your creativity in problem solving.1. Physical Exercise – After racking your head all day on a problem, you should try some physical exercise. This is best after you have spent time really examining your problem. You took time looking at what you could do, what’s available to you, and what could be holding you back. After fully examining your problem at hand, do some physical exercise.

Physical exercise helps you release stress, increase your feel good hormones (endorphins), and actually makes you more creative for up to 2 hours after you finish your exercise! After you workout, come back to your problem at hand and see what you come up with.

2. Move Onto Something Else That’s Unrelated – Got stuck in trying to solve a problem? No worries, simply move onto a new task. This task should be completely unrelated to the problem you’re trying to solve. This can vary from another project, a hobby that you enjoy, going out and talking to someone, or anything that can keep your mind occupied.

This unconscious problem solving method has been shown to be successful time and time again because… 1. Your conscious mind is taking a break from the problem… and 2. Your subconscious will continue to work on solving your problem and is also taking in new information (the new task) that it can use to blend together with your problem.

Problem solving techniques - Can't find a solution for your problem? Take a nap or go to sleep. The solution will come.3. Sleeping on the Matter – Like the problem solving method mentioned before, you’ll need to really think through your problem before attempting this. Once you think you’re no longer getting anywhere with your problem, simply take a nap if it’s during the day or go to bed. You don’t need to think of anything directly to prime your subconscious. Simply go to sleep and discover what comes to your mind!

4. Combine A Unrelated Image – This is a great problem solving technique because it really makes you think outside the box. First you’ll need to find an image of anything you want that’s “unrelated” to your problem. It can be a picture from a magazine, a car, a celebrity, a location, an animal, or anything else. It can be an object that you find on your desk. Second, write down characteristics of what you’re looking at. Answer questions like…

  • What color is it?
  • What shapes stand out?
  • Does it smell like anything?
  • What is it used for?
  • How else can it be used?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • How do you go about buying it?
  • Where else have you seen it?

Once you have a good description of what you were looking at, then think back to your problem and see how you can blend ideas.

  • Is there anything similar?
  • Or what characteristics, of what you were describing earlier, would benefit your problem?
  • See how your problem and the image you described can work together.

Often, you may not find a direct link with the object but instead a indirect link between your description and your problem. The goal here is to start thinking about different ideas that are outside of your problem.

Creative problem solving technique - Write a letter to yourself stating the problem and everything you know about the problem. This will activate your subconscious for a solution.5. Write a Letter to Yourself1,2 Sounds a bit silly to write a letter to your unconscious mind but that’s exactly what you’re being asked to do. Out of all the creative problem solving techniques, this one is the most interesting and fun to do.

Your letter has to be as detailed and specific as possible. Write this letter as if you’re writing to an actual person that will be solving your problem and has full capability to help you out.. Here’s what to include in your letter:

  • Describe the problem.
  • The attributes of the problem.
  • What steps you have tried already.
  • The gaps in your problem.
  • What is needed.
  • What you want.
  • What are the current obstacles.
  • When you want an answer by.
  • And so on…

Simply by writing this letter you will begin to better define the problem you have, begin to clarify the issues you’re having, begin to see where more information may be needed, and you’ll activate your unconscious mind to begin looking for a solution.

Make sure to instruct your subconscious mind to find a solution to your problem. Write in your letter: “Your mission is find a solution to this problem. I would like a solution in two days.” Then seal the letter and put it away. You can even mail it to yourself if you like.

Finally, let go of the problem. Don’t work on it, simply forget about the problem. This time is called the incubation stage where much of what goes on happens outside of your focused awareness (your unconscious).

Open the letter in two days. If the problem has not been solved yet, write on the bottom of the letter: “Let me know when solve this, ASAP.”  and put it away. Sooner or later, when you’re most relaxed and removed from the problem, the answer will magically appear to your conscious mind.

Books on Creative Problem Solving Strategies

Need more help in coming up with creative ways to solve your problems? Then check out these popular books on problem solving. These will get you results!

Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to WorkThrough step-by-step exercises, illustrated strategies, and inspiring real-world examples Michael Michalko shows readers how to liberate their thinking and literally expand their imaginations by learning to synthesize dissimilar subjects, think paradoxically, and enlist the help of the subconscious mind. He also reveals the attitudes and approaches diverse geniuses share — and anyone can emulate. Learn More Here…
Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition)Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different. With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, Thinkertoys will open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems. Learn More Here…
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeSteal Like an Artist is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination. Learn More Here…

See Also…

Footnotes:

1. How to Solve Problems with your Subconscious Mind
2. How to Get your Subconscious Mind Working on a Problem

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