Problems are all around us. Some are larger than others, but they are there, and often we have trouble coming up with the solution.
Consider first that to solve a problem, we must first think if we even have an issue in the first place.
Our mind tends to look for threats even when there aren’t any. The lizard brain to again quote Seth Godin.
Creativity isn’t just about charging at a problem head on, though it’s certainly part of it.
The other side of creativity is letting the mind wander, allowing our subconscious to conduct what Einstein called combinatory play or the
process of combining different ideas.
This can also be called the Default Mode Network, a part of the brain that becomes active when it focuses on internal thoughts rather than external stimuli.
There is a paradox when it comes to problem-solving, and that is we usually come up with a solution to a problem when we’re distracted by something unrelated to the task at hand.
Paradoxes bring complexity, which encourages growth and resistance to fear and procrastination while expanding our consciousness.
The distraction allows us to think differently while letting the mind rest and avoid the common frustrations when solving our most challenging problems.
It’s during this distraction when combinatory play works its magic when we don’t even realize it.