Tornado Thinking is the very definition of creating a whirlwind of ideas, thoughts, challenges, creativity, and so much more. Giving your mind the freedom to challenge the status quo, build new connections and create new pathways leads to a Think Storm of activity. Humans build hardened synaptic pathways to solve challenges the same way - it’s efficient and fast but it’s not always the right way to solve problems. Breaking those patterns is hard and much like a tornado, the high speed funnel of thoughts and ideas rip through the conventional wisdom to find new ground along the path. It’s a Thinknado!
Take a breath, pause, slow down and question the very thing that you are thinking about. What is the status, how does it fit in - or not. Is it relevant, does it have a purpose, who is involved, do people care, who are they, why does it matter? Ask this question the way a toddler constantly asks the question why? It’s natural and we have been programmed to accept but if you ask why to any challenge, you will be forced to examine the status quo. There may be good reasons as to why things are the way they are. There may have legal, social, cultural reasons for being. In order to fully understand a problem or situation you must ask the question why and go deeper, much deeper in the exploration.
Asking the question maybe opens the possibility that anything is possible. Maybe gives you the freedom to associate with unlikely candidates, build connections that never existed, find common values, and challenge the conventional wisdom to do more. Maybe there’s a better way, Maybe we can look at this from another point of view. Maybe we should take a step back and ask more why questions. Maybe I can do more…
If you think about all the possibilities that are available to address a question or challenge your choices could be limitless. Remove the gravitational pull of convention and start to ask yourself What If things were different, What If there were no boundaries, What If we could start over with a blank slate.
Try something, do something, test your ideas, make it happen. Working through challenges creates opportunities and testing your ideas gives you clarity. Just like trying on a pair of shoes to see if they fit, so does trying out your ideas to see if the will work. If they don’t fit try a different pair… It doesn’t have to be big of complicated, and trying brings ideas to reality.