The Slow Down Process

The slow down process follows a sequence of overlapping steps:

1. What’s the problem? The end goal is to learn how to think differently, so you can have epiphanies—but the initial vehicle for experiencing epiphany is defining problem that you want to think about. 

2. How do I solve problems? There are methods you currently use to problem solve. By thinking about your thought process, and your current problem solving methodology, we can better understand how to adjust it to allow for epiphany. 

3. What do I need to know? A data-assessment is conducted to figure out what you already have in your memory that pertains to the problem. Some learning will probably be necessary to provide enough information for the epiphany. 

4. Is my brain ready for an epiphany? You will engage in an assessment of how you can prepare your brain for epiphany in terms of quantity and quality of sleep, nutrition, exercise, hydration, and stimulation.  

5. How do I do “non-thought”? You will learn how to balance thought with non-thought. Non-thought is when your brain is active but not focused on anything in particular. It’s when you give yourself the mental space to have ideas. You will be encouraged to do this on a daily basis. 

6. How do I track my ideas? You will write down and review your ideas as you engage in non-thought—especially if they pertain to your defined problem. You will continue to engage in non-thought as you track your ideas in writing.  

7. Epiphany. You experience epiphany, or a “big realization,” when the right bits of electricity connect on your neural network. As you balance thought with non-thought, you allow for the opportunity to experience epiphany. Once the epiphany is realized, write it down. 

8. What’s next? Continue to engage in non-thought to see if the epiphany morphs. Epiphanies tend to build on each other. Having one simply means you’ve learned a cognitive process that can be repeated. Repeating this methodology enables you to continue to have more “realizations of scale.”