Think of the topic that interests you the most. The topic should be something you have been thinking, studying, practicing in your life and, therefore, have a good deal of clarity on the subject. Identify a few keywords around that topic. Once you are done, take these keywords and head to Google. Type “quote” and your keyword, one at a time. You will see some of the great quotes that will resonate with your thinking. Pick up the one that resonates with you the most. Move away from the internet and return to the document or the word you are using for the exercise. Now think of the viewpoint that is completely opposing to your selected quote. Your challenge is to think of as many points as you can in support of the opposing viewpoint. One condition is you are not supposed to search the internet for the answers, but you need to think and generate them. Finally, write down all the points.
Harrdas, Miliind. Ideas on Demand: A crash course on creativity. Bust creativity blocks, 10x your ideas, and become an idea machine. (10x Impact) (pp. 54-56). Kindle Edition.
Nothing you become will disappoint me; I have no preconception that I’d like to see you be or do. I have no desire to foresee you, only to discover you. You can’t disappoint me.
“Seeking joy has been an active practice, because joy doesn’t come easily for me. I’m prone to long periods of fog, as you’ve called it, and if I don’t seek (and make) light, I would stay in it even longer, would possibly never emerge. I swear by keeping routines, which includes taking care of my body—eating enough, sleeping and waking at regular times, getting fresh air, that sort of thing. I also put limits on things that smother my joy; for me, this is primarily the internet, which provides endless messaging that I am not doing enough, am not good enough, and just generally steals my attention and energy, which I would prefer to use on things which nourish me. I believe in the power of creating small joys, instead of waiting for a big one to arrive miraculously in your life. I made a list of these joys so I can refer to it when I’m deeper in the fog, like a menu to order from. 100 joys. They’re simple, but effective—things like bubble baths, calling a friend, dancing, buying flowers, eating dark chocolate, a cup of tea. Some months, I have to challenge myself to meet a quota, when I’m feeling very down. It helps. Little step after little step. Little light after little light.”
— Leila Chatti, from an interview with Sneha Subramanian Kanta in Parentheses Journal, Issue 10