Today’s takeaway from Free Coffeeshop Group Coaching – Beijing, China – 25 June 2019 is:
“The human mind once stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sometimes distancing yourself from an issue, you are facing can help stop a seemingly endless cycle of feeling stuck. Using a piece of paper or a notebook to brainstorm can help to place the problem in front of you – outside of you. Using as many senses as you can to write, see, speak out loud, hear what you are saying about the problem brings it out of the vicious cycles of your thinking. It slows it down and allows you to process, add, subtract, and rearrange your thoughts on paper. It gives space for new information. It helps you get curious. Looking for something new, something not seen before opens you up and unlocks “one-possibility thinking.” Using a piece of paper to brainstorm your current issue, ask yourself:
- What component or role does this issue play in the grand cycle of my life?
- What is it trying to teach me?
- How can I better embrace my feelings around this issue?