A New Way Of Thinking


So maybe you decide you’re going to start working out. You’re mentally and emotionally committed and you’re creating a plan. That’s a generative moment; where you can see yourself participating in a plan you created.

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You know that excitement you feel when you generate a new way of thinking? Not a revelation handed down from above, but something you discovered about yourself? That eagerness to make a change? Those are what might be referred to as generative moments.

Change and Growth.

It’s not as if change and growth happen over night. But maybe you decide you want to make a change and through a series of brainstorming sessions, trials, and corrections, you develop some surprisingly high energy that comes from an eagerness to try something new; or discover a peace that just comes with a new thought process. That’s when you know you’re on the path to growth and change.

So maybe you decide you’re going to start working out. You’re mentally and emotionally committed and you’re creating a plan. That’s a generative moment – where you can see yourself participating in a plan you created.

Aversion and Attraction.

That desire to start working out didn’t fall out of thin air, however. Somewhere along the line, you decided you have an aversion toward feeling bored, sad, depressed, lethargic, or apathetic. Conversely, you decided you have an attraction for feeling excited, happy, exhilarated, energized, and focused. Whether or not the desire to start working out developed as a result of bad news from a doctor or was a little more organic, focus on aversions turned to focus on attractions.

Desire.

There is something alive in you, something that craves more. If you’re feeling out of sorts and like you should be doing more, explore those thoughts and feelings with a coach or a psychologist. Find someone to help you tap into that desire and reflect it back to you to see if it resonates. If what the coach or psychologist reflects back to you sounds appealing, work to develop a plan. And when you start to see yourself executing that plan and becoming that person, that’s a generative moment.