My favorite Ron Popeil commercial was always the rotisserie chicken machine. ÂSet it and forget it!Â Who doesnÂt want to have delicious, juicy chicken roasting in their kitchen, being basted by a machine?
Stay with me a minute while I equate your brain to that self-basting rotisserie machine.
Your unconscious mind is capable of doing a lot of heavy lifting while youÂre going about your daily tasks. According to a University of Alberta study, itÂs constantly evaluating whether objects in your environment are helping you move toward your goals or away from them.
Your unconscious can be creative, even while youÂre vacuuming or playing golf or filling out timesheets.
So if youÂre trying to come up with a new idea, a blog topic, a cartoon, a product design, it pays to Âset it and forget it.Â
This mechanism is the basis for Think and Grow Rich, The Secret, OprahÂs dream boards, and enough self-help books to fill the Grand Canyon.
But wait, thereÂs more!
You can try this in your very own home for the low, low price of….nothing!
Step One – WhatÂs Your Problem?
Think very vividly and in detail about the parameters of your problem. Say it out loud to yourself, write it down, describe it to someone else. Just define what youÂre trying to solve (perhaps youÂre just looking for a great blog topic).
Step Two – Go About Your Business
ThatÂs it. Totally forget about your issue, and concentrate on another task thatÂs unrelated. Do the laundry, file your taxes, finish that re-branding project, anything that distracts you from the problem.
That’s when the magic happens. Delicious, juicy, rotisserie chicken, just for you.