It takes 8 weeks to develop a new habit. Here we are, at week 8 of the New Year. Have you affirmed your goal or do you feel like you need a stroke of genius to get there? Perhaps, like me, you've have thrown resolution to the wind and await your stroke of genius?
For better or for worse, it's not what we think but how we think that gets us there. And, just like making and keeping that New Year’s resolution, it may take some time to develop our inner genius, or at least some new thinking habits. I stumbled across an article on creative thinking recently and thought it pertinent to share. The article, "How Geniuses Think", by Michael Michalko, deconstructs how geniuses think and provides tools to expose inner genius, even in the humblest thinker. Did you know underwater construction was a result of observing how shipworms tunnel into timber by first constructing tubes?
In the article, Michalko identifies writing, sculpting, Legos and collage as tools for organizing observations and cultivating thoughts. He makes the point that how we use these tools can separate our ideas from average to 'strokes of genius'.
This is great information, but the underlying message in the article is the power of observation. We learn from the article that observation leads to genius but how do we make time to observe? Michalko takes time to explain the activity behind genius. Does he assume we already have the skill of observation mastered? We are all busy. We spend our days rushing to meetings and hitting deadlines while fulfilling needs in our personal lives. What do the geniuses in the article have over us? They make time to observe. They remember that by tuning in to what’s going on around them physically, spiritually or digitally really is food for thought.
But what do they do to get there? It seems pretty clear the subtle skill of observation works in conjunction with the active tools listed in Michalko's article to create our genius and helps us make good on our resolutions. Did they go for a bike ride, have a cup of coffee, meditate or pray?
So the question really is what do you do to bring your observation skills into focus? How do you evoke your inner genius?
by Suzanne Cody
Associate, Marketing Manager
Before switching to a marketing role, Suzanne worked on projects for M+A and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, riding in Pelotonia and eating at Cameron Mitchell restaurants.