Daydream Achiever: 9 Keys to Unlock Your Success-Generating Brilliance


In grade school, I was often "in trouble" for daydreaming. My teachers called it "not paying attention." After a while, they'd put my chair in the hall or send me to the principal's office. It worked out perfect for me. I found both of those places ideal for... daydreaming. And it was in those places that some of my best ideas for creative projects, fantastic stories, and imaginative games were fashioned. I still daydream every day. But instead of games and stories, I'm conceiving original ideas and deep answers for customers that leave my competitors' heads spinning.

Daydreaming is pure thinking. It's where innovation is born.

Do you allocate time for pure thinking every day? If you're like most salespeople, who are too busy being busy, probably not.

If you don't carve out time to let your mind crunch on deep answers and unravel genius ideas, how will you develop the differentiators you need to beat competitors and build a booming business?

Dedicated time for pure thinking is the catalyst many business people need to escape their current plateau and reach higher levels of profit and growth.

Here are the 9 keys to unlock your success-generating brilliance by daydreaming like a pro:

1. Put your own chair in the hall. Everyone has a place where they think best – their "Thinking Place." Allocate time to be in your thinking place for at least 30 minutes a day.

2. Daydream on the move. Too antsy to sit and think? Go for a walk around your parking lot, mall, shopping center, or neighborhood.

3. Clear away distractions. Make sure your thinking place is a location where you won't bump into a bunch of people you know. Turn your phone off or put it on "do not disturb" – a new feature in iOS 6. Leave your folders and files back on your office desk.

4. Allocate time in the morning or evening. During the middle of the day, your mind is filled with matters of the moment. Morning people think most critically early. Evening people think clearly late. Guard and use those times for your pure thought.

5. Be intentional. Don't use your thinking time for free thought, where your mind can drift onto any topic from politics to your kids' activities. Go to your thinking place with a specific business topic, goal, or challenge to chew on.

6. Take notes. Bring a notebook or iPad to scribble your ideas down. Record everything you dream up.

7. Don't force a solution. Your thinking time may not yield the A-Ha! or the final breakthrough you were seeking. Let your mind be loose and flow down thought paths to explore new ideas. Your big idea may come tomorrow... or the next day.

8. Mind-map your thoughts. Write down the big thoughts or challenges at the center of your page. From each thought, draw a line and write down where each of those big thoughts lead. Then, do the same from each thought branch. Observing your divergent thoughts diagramed on the page will help you draw conclusions and see answers you can't when they're swimming in your brain.

9. Expect brilliance later. The time you invest in pure thought will often be harvested at a later time – a time when your mind is calm, relaxed, free. It could be in the shower or while walking your pet. Your subconscious mind will take the input from your thinking time and assemble the perfect solution. When it happens, write it down immediately!

Bonus: You may feel silly at first or that you are wasting your time. Keep going. Before long, you will come to hold this habit as one of your most valuable processes to succeed.

Thinking Place


Where do you think best? Chances are it's not your desk – that's for work. Work is conscious. Dreaming is subconscious. Thinking is where the two merge. The junction of wild divergence and linear order is where answers are fused, innovation springs, and brilliance goes supernova. Sounds exciting, huh? So why aren't you spending more time in your thinking place?

I have many thinking places, but my favorites are: The patio on the corner outside my office, The Muse Coffee Shop a block away, and McDonald's near my house in Forest, VA.

I always have something to record my thoughts. Let me say that again, I write them down immediately! Thoughts are the most fleeting substance in the world. But there is nothing more powerful to change it.


Here's a tip: Don't just record the thought itself. Record how you felt, where you were, and what was going on in your day. These details will give your thought context so you can recall  it's full impact and depth later on. I use the Notes and Voice Recorder apps on my iPhone and iPad. I also use ScoutBooks and Evernote.

Here's a better tip: Allocate time every day to be in your thinking place.

Here's my best tip: Don't just go to your thinking place to hang out. Go with a specific topic to consider. Bring something on the topic to read and a pad of paper or iPad to scribble ideas, doodles, and 'thought-lettes' (half thoughts). The goal is not to force a solution. It's to discover an answer. That's the whole point of being in a relaxing setting - the magic of your thinking place.

Where are your thinking places? How do you spend your time there? Tell me in the comments below.

And... follow me on Twitter for more of my thought-lettes, ideas, and full blown answers.

A Logo That Has "Thanks" Written All Over It


Recognize the logos in the image above? Of course - Aflac, ReMax, BMW, and Superman (had to put that one in there). The word "Thanks" has been designed into each logo. Pretty cool.

With Ace of Sales, you can send Email Greetings to your customers with your own images! Next time you want to say, "Thanks," "Happy Birthday," or "Hello," why not create a graphic for your Email Greeting that combines your logo and your message into one image? It's fun, customized, creative, and stands out.

How do you create one?

Easy, if you have the right tools and follow these simple steps:

1. You need an iPhone, iPod, or iPad (sorry other device people)

2. Get WordFoto from the App Store

3. Email yourself a JPG file of your logo on a square-ish shaped background

4. Check your email on your iDevice and save the logo image

5. Open WordFoto and import the logo image from your Photos App

6. Render a WordFoto image with any text

7. Email the final WordFoto image to yourself

8. Save the image to your desktop on your computer

9. Upload the image to a custom Email Greeting design in Ace of Sales

10. Add a longer email message below the image and click "Send"

Hope your customers love it!