Thinking brings out the best in your inherent or genetic intelligence, enabling you to reveal more of your emotional intelligence. Thinking opens the doors to possibility; be it personal growth, problem solving or making you feel fully alive.

Why do we stop thinking? What goes wrong? Living in today’s society, it’s all too easy to stop thinking and start acting on auto cue and after a while we get dulled, we feel trapped, we’re stagnating. Let’s start a revolution and break this monotonous cycle… Let’s THINK!

Now, how do we start? Firstly, just take a break – not a cigarette, coffee or lunch break – but just a break and do nothing! This is reflective thinking which in turn allows you to demonstrate your reflective intelligence – the ability to be smart because you have given something consideration, therefore adding considerable value. The best thing about reflective thinking is that you don’t have to do a thing and if you do, you’re not reflecting!

There is also creative thinking. This is looking at things in a non-linear way. An example of this would be if you have a need to improve your business cash flow – instead of just reducing costs, have you thought about complementing this with increased prices or maybe terminating some unprofitable client contracts? To be good at creative, or outside of the box thinking, you must always know the facts coupled with the current situation. Think about it… you cannot think outside of the box unless you know exactly what the box is!

Finally, there is critical thinking. Critical thinking is essential and extremely powerful when coupled with the previous two. This is questioning, probing and challenging generalisations. So when one hears a sweeping statement such as ‘that’s not the way we do things around here’, critical thinkers would ask ‘well what would happen if we did do it differently?’ Critical thinkers avoid the common temptation to generalise and in the words of the late Steve Jobs ‘Don’t be trapped by the dogma of other peoples thinking’.

Anyone can become more creative. Your competence is a mixture of nature (your genes!) and nurture (the way you developed) so you should always do the maximum you can to nurture your nature. This will essentially develop the best version of you that you can be. To help you to do this, try using the three Ms: Mindset, mechanics and Momentum.

Mindset is simple: ‘I can be more creative’. There are plenty of tips and tricks to develop creativity like reversing the current situation or brainstorming, and that covers the Mechanics part. Lastly, there’s Momentum and that’s just continuing to give yourself opportunities to be creative. You can be creative, critical and reflective but if you don’t do anything with it, the work, the good energy and intention has been wasted so remember action is vital and balance is key.

Whether you think you can or think you can’t… you’re right