Does Worry Keep You Up at Night?

A few weeks ago, I posted a short video on What Your Brain Does While Your Sleeping. I was surprised at the number of responses that came through regarding sleep, anxiety and insomnia. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re having trouble sleeping because you’re anxious, or if you’re anxious because you can’t sleep. The answer may be both. It’s a two-way street: Stress, anxiety...
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Problems…Problems, Anyone?

A problem can be defined as the difference between where we are and where we want to be, or what we have versus what we want. Problems are ubiquitous and incessant - like the waves of the ocean or the setting of the sun. Everyone, regardless of their background, intelligence, good looks, or charm, has problems. Problems can’t be avoided. If you happen to go to bed tonight without any problems...
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“Innovate or Die” ~ Peter Drucker

In today’s competitive business environment, a creative and innovative culture is a notable characteristic of most successful companies. Many of these businesses encourage their employees to think “outside of the box” by providing them with time and resources to explore and test new ideas. It is believed such thinking is essential for progress and differentiation. However, history is full...
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Does Your Brain Run Fast or Slow?

And does it matter? (YES!) In the book BIG IDEAS, we explain how the human brain has evolved to operate at different rates of speed. Three of these speeds are called beta, alpha and gamma, and each one is essential to creativity and innovative thought. You are in beta when you’re awake and aware, when you’re gathering information (like reading this blog), dealing with challenges, in active...
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Albert Einstein’s World-Changing Aha! Moment

Aha! Moments are incredible instances when answers or solutions seem to come into focus, leaving us enlightened, astounded, and changed. Aha! Moments make the ambiguous crystal clear and provide answers where, just moments before, there was nothing but confusion. Some Aha! Moments leave the person or the world forever changed. Such was Albert Einstein’s Aha! Moment that took place on a street...
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What Mindfulness Has to do With Happiness, Problem-Solving, and Getting Bigger and Better Ideas

Mindfulness, a form of meditation, is the mental act of being keenly aware of the present moment. It is enjoying a tremendous surge in popularity, both in the popular press and in psychotherapeutic literature. Mindfulness has moved from a Buddhist practice that originated about 2,600 years ago to mainstream psychotherapy. Among the benefits of mindfulness are heightened creativity, greater...
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Information Overload

It is common knowledge that the brain produces waves that can be studied and recorded. But only a hundred years ago, no one knew about brain waves. They were discovered by German researcher Hans Berger in 1925. Years earlier, during a military training exercise, he was thrown from his horse and almost killed when he landed in the path of a horse-drawn cannon. In that very same moment, his sister...
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Pay Attention to Your Dreams

When my two of my sons were young, we bought a set of bunk beds that needed some assembly. Even with a set of instructions, I have a hard time assembling anything. What might take an average person a few minutes to figure out generally takes me twice as long, and the assembly is half as good. There are often leftover parts and screws and some things that don’t fit quite right. Eventually, I got...
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Hear Ty Bennett Interview Craig Case about BIG IDEAS and Creativity on the Relevant Leadership Podcast

When Ty was 21, he and his brother started a business which they built to over $20 Million in annual revenue. After selling the business, Ty founded The Leadership Inc Institute that partners with companies to enhance their leadership development. He has been featured in the Top 40 Under 40 and recently as one of the 10 Coolest Entrepreneurs in Utah. As an interviewer, Ty is a fresh voice with a...
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Gratitude and Creativity

We often say that creative thinking makes us feel happy, but what if it’s also the other way around? What if being happy makes us more creative and better thinkers? Research by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough validates that acts of gratitude increases productivity, produces better thinking, improves relationships and has a number of other psychological and emotional benefits. They also...
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