How often have you strained yourself looking for a solution? Then out of the blue, like a flash of light an idea comes to you out of nowhere that seems like the best solution to your problem.
You must to stop thinking about the problem to come up with the solution. A strange concept but it's been used by some of the greatest thinkers of all time.
Thomas Edison the great inventor, was very well known for taking naps when he could not find the ideas he was looking for. When he would wake up, he often had the idea magically in his head. Was it because he was to tired to think? Possibly, but let me show you why this worked for Mr. Edison.
We've been blessed with two parts to our mind, conscious and subconscious. We use the conscious mind when we are awake. It's the type of thinking you reason with (the tiny voice in your head). You also have the subconscious mind, this holds your habits, memories and hidden ideas. You don't think with this part yet it's extremely important to help you reach the top of your game.
Think of your conscious mind like a security guard and your subconscious like a bank volt. The bank volt holds all the valuable ideas but you have a fast talking security guard (the conscious mind) that does not always allow you to access the volt, you must wait till he isn't paying attention or sleeping. When this happens you can access some pretty cool stuff from the bank vault.
When you are doing your least amount of thinking, things pop in your head. This is why you need to carry a pen and a tiny note book. Always write down your ideas, because as fast as a great idea comes to you it can leave your head just as quickly. Getting these great ideas on paper will help you think more clearly. The next step is putting those ideas into action. This part is all up to you.
The next time you sit down at the kitchen table or in a meeting and you rip your hair out trying to think of some great ideas, write down your problem and let your subconscious do all the work while you put your little security guard on a lunch break.