Sometimes when solving problems, I have found myself hitting a wall when trying to find an suitable answer.
No matter what I do, I just can’t figure it out. When this happens, I start thinking about who I know that may know the answer or can shed insight onto how to solve this problem.
More times than I like to admit, I go into a mode where I take on the persona of someone, who in my mind, is a good problem solver. My favorite persona to take on is my Dad. He has a unique way of solving problems and, a lot of those times, it is through making up a story first.
It’s funny that until writing it down just now I never realized that this was his tactic. It’s a clever way to get into problem solving mode if you think about it. I’m going to have to use it more often.
Other personas I have taken on include Einstein (or even his not so intelligent younger brother who often calls for help). And, you’ll often find me trying to channel the brain of some of my favorite characters in books.
There is something that happens in your brain when you step the character of someone other than yourself. It is as if you see the world through that person’s eyes, and through their brain.
When you get stuck, your brain tells you that there is no solution. Sometimes on the conscious level you may be stuck, but on the subconscious level your brain is still working on finding a solution.
I think this is one of the biggest reasons why, when you step into being someone else, or you attempt to think like someone else, you suddenly start coming up with answers.
This works in all areas of life and it amazes me how sometimes I come out with a very wrong answer then suddenly behind that one there is a correct answer or solution.
Give it a try and let me know who you pretend to be and what kind of answers you come up with.
We all know how to pretend, this is a great way to use pretending to your advantage and not just as an escape.