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Tips for Interpreting Dreams

1. Keep a dream journal next to your bed. Write down your dream in as much detail as possible, no matter how ridiculous it seems.
2. Look for patterns and recurring themes. However, don’t try to assign a plot or meaning. It is better to let meaning emerge over time.
3. Be skeptical of dream interpretation aids or of dream interpretation dictionaries. Usually the meaning is personal, highly individual and unique. It’s not something that you can find in a book.
4. Look for obvious meanings such as what you recognize from your daily life and life experiences. Don’t just delve deeper and assume the meaning’s hidden.
5. Look at experiences that aroused strong emotions (since as feeling terrified or being anxious or upset) and see if these tie in with what happened in the dream.
6. Notice when your thoughts and insights seem to resonate with you – as often that you are closer to the meaning.

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Finding your True Passion in Life

1. What puts a smile on your face? Is there a particular event, a particular topic that makes your whole face just lighten up? Whatever it is that makes you smile, and makes you happy whenever you encounter it, this is a sign of something you are passionate about.

2. What do you find easy? Usually, what we find easy for us to do, will be related to what we are passionate about. It’s very hard to hate something that is very easy for us!

3. What sparks your creativity? Think about something in your life where you seem to always expand its horizon, always coming up with new, fun, and exciting ideas relating to that subject. Whatever makes you creative is probably something that you are very passionate about.

4. What would you do for free?. Doing what you have a passion for brings out your best, and this leads to greatness. Greatness breezes to success. So think about something that you would just love to do, even if you were not getting paid. Think about something that you look forward to doing, something that you wish you could do all the time.

5. What do you like to talk about? The topics of conversation we have can definitely tell what we are interested in, and this is a good way to find out what we really enjoy in life.

6. What makes you unafraid of failure? When we do what we are passionate about, we have total confidence in our abilities. This makes us not worry about failing, because in our mind, how can we fail when we do what we love?

7. What would you regret not having tried? If you were at the end of your life, what would you regret not having pursued? What would you have liked to do, that you didn’t get a chance to? Think about what that might be. Whatever it is that you may experience regret now or later on for not having tried, this is a good chance to be your true passion.

Source: http://www.ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/04/7-questions-to-finding-your-true-passion/ (Abridged)

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Tips for Finding Inspiration

1. Go for a walk in nature, and take your camera with you

2. Set aside some time for peace and solitude, in a place that is comforting or beautiful (on a secluded beach, in the forest, in the mountains, by a river, in a log cabin etc)

3. Watch your dog or a young child play, and loving just exploring or enjoying the “now”

4. Practice deep breathing, or pray, or meditate

5. Watch a TED talk, or read inspiring blogs

6. Try something new, that’s outside your comfort zone

7. Find new ways to express your sense of creativity (and just start with something small if you feel that’s been suppressed – such as journaling, or writing a poem or a song)

8.  Think of music that moves you … and explore the “why” behind that

9. Think of people who inspire you, and push you to be “more”

10. Make a list of everything you’re thankful for, and add to that list every day for a week.

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How to Become a Better Problem Solver

1. Set aside time to think. Google gives its engineer a thinking day each week. This has been shown to increases their creativity – and also their productivity.

2. Play games. Research indicates that playing competitive games encourages us to come up with more creative strategies and solutions. This can be applied to all areas of life.

3. Learn from your mistakes. Sometimes inspiration and genius comes from connecting the dots between your mistakes.

4. Ditch the rules. Often thinking outside the box – and abandoning the normal practices and rules – can free your mind to think of a completely new solution.

5. Give yourself permission to fail. If you’re too scared of failing then you’ll never take a risk. And don’t be afraid of sometimes going down blind alleys.

6.  Break with the routine. Change the order that you do things, your environment, or room. That breaks old thinking patterns, and creates new ideas.

7. Talk to others. We can learn a lot from others as we’re all individuals – with different thoughts, perspectives, dreams and life experiences.  

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Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful; yourself.
Alan Alda

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How to Improve your Creative Thinking Skills

1.    Have a nap. If you want to solve a problem, or come up with new ideas, then instead of always thinking - relax and have a nap. We’re usually more creative when we’re feeling wide awake.

2.    Get into the habit of making small talk. A casual remark can change the way you look at things - so talk and listen to everyone you meet. 

3.    Sign up for classes and seminars. Listening to the ideas and opinions of others increases the connections you make in your brain. Also, it is usually inspiring and highly motivating.

4.    Make sure you spend time with creative people. Often these are people who think outside the box, and are highly individual, and independent thinkers. It will encourage you to follow their example of free thinking, and give you permission to follow wild ideas.

5.    Make sure you have time to just “hang” and relax. Things that can seem pointless or a waste of time to others – such as watching movies, reading books and magazines, taking time out to travel, or spending time with friends - are all ways of helping your brain to percolate. And it’s often when we least expect to have a great idea that something quite amazing just pops into our mind!

6.    Get some exercise. Allow your mind to wander and to do its own thing while you’re jogging, swimming or going for a run. This is often a time for generating new ideas.

7.    Experiment with working in different places. Try taking your laptop to lots of different places as that stops your thinking from getting in a rut. Just a change of environment can make a difference and help to generate some fresh ideas.

8.    Make brainstorming a normal part of life. Whatever you are doing, even if it’s “normal stuff”, allow your mind to wander and think outside the box. Continually flirting with possibilities will become a habit, and make you more creative.

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