Write down the most optimal statement of the problem

Open yourself to consider many diverse solution ideas. Delay judgment on ideas generated until the Identify step. First, list any ideas which are on your mind. Then

Mind Prompt Ask other people with diverse backgrounds, knowledge and intelligence for solutions to your problem. Use their solutions as prompters for your own ideas. Mind Surprise List ridiculous, laughable ideas. Use them to trigger more reasonably, possible usable solutions to your problem. Mind Free Stimulate fresh ideas by forcing similarities between your problem and things wich aren't logically related to your problem.1 - Write down the name of a physical object, picture, plant or animal.2 - List its characteristics in detail3 - Use the listed characteristics to stimulate insights into and ideas for the solution to your problem. Mind Synthesise

Circle the best of ideas generated so far during the Define and Open steps Identify the best solution to your problem and modify it until you are ready to transform your idea into action.

Mind Integrate Review your goals, objectives and/or criteria then trust your own gutlevel feeling to select the best idea from the already circled ideas. Mind Strengthen List the negative aspects of your idea. Be vicious! Try to positive the negatives. Then modify the solution to reduce the negative aspects. Mind Energise Exaggerate the worst and best potential consequence which might result from the implementation of your solution. Modify your solution to minimise bad consequences and maximise good consequencxes. Proceed to the transformation step if you are sufficiently energised.

Carefully write down a statement of your final solution idea Transform your solution idea into action. Use the DO IT process and catalysts again to help creatively solve the problem which you now have of "How to transform your solution idea into action."

Important Note: When time allows, take advantage of incubation (unconscious thinking) and research processes (find out what ideas have already been tried). Most of our everyday personal and professional problems are solved in a few minutes or instantly. Therefore you will probably find it advantageous to use only one or a few of the catalysts at a time.

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