Going through my many pages of notes, here are some highlights:
– Goals cause us to change what we see, who we talk to, and where we
go for information. State (or better yet, write) a goal, and then walk
into a bookstore, surf the net, or talk to a stranger in line for
coffee…chances are, you'll see something new, that takes you closer
to that outcome.
– We ALL have blind spots. There are things we look at, directly,
but miss information that was “right there.” How many times has this
happened in a conversation, or while reviewing written materials?
– New ideas require at least one of three things: (1) A problem, (2)
A conflict, (3) A goal. Walking away from the seminar, I realized that
most of the time I create the most ideas under pressure – that is, when
there is a problem or a conflict. So, one of the take-aways from the
seminar is: Set goals and let the Reticular Activating System
the system of cells of the reticular formation of
the medulla oblongata that receive collaterals from the ascending
sensory pathways and project to higher centers; they control the
overall degree of central nervous system activity, including
wakefulness, attentiveness, and sleep; abbreviated RAS.
take over…you'll see things you've never seen before, hear things you've never heard before, get ideas you'll be glad you had!
There is more (so much more) to this 3-day seminar, but those are three things that stand out to me on this Tuesday morning…
We get (only) what we are looking for. If this is true, and this IS the big “if,” what should we do if we want something different? The answer, according to Lou: Change our focus, look for what we want, be open to discovering new things that work. [Jason Womack]