I’ve recently started to advocate a new theory of creative thinking. Ready?
Don’t think, Do.
It’s not “Just Do It” — blindly doing something (although that beats inaction). It’s more like start Doing in order to inform your thinking. And keep doing to inform your thinking. It’s my view that many of us waste a great deal of time thinking. Thinking is going to happen, what doesn’t happen enough is action. Don’t wait for the perfect idea to get started. Get started, and perfect ideas often emerge.
Yes, you need good ideas, and, good ideas often occur to you as a result of kinesthetic or multi-sensory action. If your problem is intellectual, find a way to make it more tangible. Draw it, walk through it. You might even sing and dance it.
Want an example? Watch this video. If it doesn’t make you feel better I’ll eat my hat. Even seeing people in action can be inspirational.
In theatre they often say that “feeling follows action.”
So, get into creative action today. In other words, swing baby.
(Thank you to The Jive Aces and the late, great, Louie Prima for inspiration).