Self-Care Challenge (Day 322): Brainstorming

a road that runs between two small hills

Creative brainstorming is a core component of coaching, and, as a coach myself, much of what I do includes helping my clients consider new possibilities for solving problems.

Those who are on the outside of problems and challenges often see them with more objectivity. There’s less emotion, less fear, less uncertainty, and that means there’s more room for creativity.

My self-care practice yesterday involved visiting a mastermind group of local coaches who share a common interest in helping people reach their personal goals. While this may sound odd to professions that view peers as competitors, coaches typically cover a vast array of specialty areas. Our techniques may be similar, but our clients are usually quite different.

These ladies are absolutely my kind of people–they are futuristic, passionate, positive, solution-oriented coaches who understand the value of goals-setting and taking action to make those goal a reality. They also understand that manifesting our dreams is a process, not a one-and-done task.

There wasn’t a lot of structure to the group itself, which I actually kind of like. It left a lot of room for creativity and flow. We each had a turn to introduce a topic for discussion, something that we needed input on or was causing us to lose momentum.

Brainstorming is a great way to explore new paths that we may not have known existed.

That’s what I love about mastermind groups like this one. They are inspiring and energizing, and it’s nearly impossible to leave not feeling motivated to try something new. Experiments are part of the learning process, after all.

Where do you do your best brainstorming? Alone in a quiet place? Taking a walk? Asking others to provide input?

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