#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Living in the Solution

Pick a challenge, any challenge, something in your daily life that you’d really like to change. For a start, I’d suggest something small, but this is YOUR experiment, so do it your way.

Sit down, preferably with pen and paper, or if you’re a techno-type, open a fresh document on your computer.

Get a clear idea of what you want to change, but don’t write it down.

Now, take a few moments to envision yourself with the problem solved. How would that look, feel, taste, smell, sound? Who would you be? Really get inside that solution. Try it on, like a wonderful new outfit at your favorite store.

Write a paragraph from the mindset of the solution. You might use a stem like, “Here’s how it happened–“

Now, without judging–no idea is too stupid–and very quickly, in a stream of consciousness style, write down 20 ways you might find that solution. Start with #20 and work down. That way, you’ll get the crazy stuff (I’ve written things like, “Jump off a cliff”) out of the way first.

Don’t get discouraged if The Idea doesn’t jump out at you on the first try. This technique takes practice. Keep centering yourself in the solution, and do a fresh page of 20 possibilities tomorrow morning.

If you do this, you will amaze yourself. If you just think, “What a nice idea, maybe I’ll try it sometime”, nothing will change.

Go for it!

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