There is a discussion these days in the Co-active Network Forum, about clients that don’t know… how to get them unstuck?
I don’t remember in what book I’ve read this: by saying “I don’t know” you really block your mind and stop the thinking process. And how can you get new ideas if your mind is blocked?!
When I hear my clients saying “I don’t know” I usually ask them to put aside that thought, and to notice what other thoughts are coming … after. I even encourage them, by offering to join the brainstorming. This way, we usually come up with much more ideas, and they’ll have to choose those they want to implement. And I don’t miss the chance to point out how many ideas they came up with, after they put aside the “I don’t know”.
In my new drawing style, I asked my right hand to choose the colours and to draw freely something based on “I don’t know”… and it came out with this:
(The upper gray came from scanning the drawings from my sketchbook)
I was surprised by how little was on the paper when it stopped drawing.
Curious again, I allowed my hand to draw freely while I hold in my mind the thought: “I know everything I need at the right moment”. And this is what I’ve got:
If you’re sensitive, please notice what you’re feeling when you look at each of them. Do you notice a difference?
How often do you catch yourself saying “I don’t know”? And how often are you curious?
Do you use another method to get you unstuck from “I don’t know”?
Please share your thoughts about this topic. I’d like to know what you think.
PS: If you’d like to brainstorm together, let me know. 😉