Saturday, May 23, 2009

How to Think Like a Fool #21: Fantasize the Future

IMAGINE: Fantasize the Future
When fools are accused of procrastinating, wasting time, just sitting there, and doing nothing, they whip out their printed and laminated copies of this article:

“Contrary to the notion that daydreaming is a sign of laziness, letting the mind wander can actually let the parts of the brain associated with problem-solving become active, a new study finds.”
link: Daydream away — it’s a workout for your brain - Behavior-

But the concept of daydreaming contains more than just mind-wandering. Fools guide their daydreams as future fantasies where, unlike the Murphy's Law which they are tied to in the real world, in their foolish minds, whatever can go right, will go right.

With this Fool Tool, you give gentle prompts to your imaginings, just enough to get them going. With practice, your visualizations take on a life of their own, presenting clues and answers that solve mysteries.

Or at least give you a break.

Think: What would it look like if I solved this problem creatively, beautifully, meaningfully, fantastically? How did I get there? What if I let my mind wander along that path?

Tomorrow: How to Think Like a Fool #22: Picture an Audience

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