Mind Mining


I read about this idea in the book “Lead the Field” written by Earl Nightingale. Similar ideas are promoted by other authors who have written books on Goals. I fondly call this idea as “Mind Mining” process.

It’s a very simple and yet powerful process. Take a sheet of paper and write your goal on top of the sheet. After that, start writing 20 different things you can do to accomplish your goal. Don’t evaluate your ideas and question the realism of implementing; keep writing them as they flash in your mind.

Interestingly the first few items you write will be very simple and may not give you great breakthroughs. But once you write 10 items on the paper, you suddenly feel emptiness in your mind as if there is no more ways you can list. This is the beginning of series “aha” moments; please continue to write additional ideas until you reach the magic number 20.When you finish writing, go through the list and review your thoughts. Some of the ideas you wrote may surprise you because you may have never thought in those lines.You will also feel great calmness and peace in your mind after this activity.

I used this exercise on my goal “How to post useful blog articles?”. The 13th idea I wrote on the list was “write short and simple articles on practical ideas that people can leverage and get results”. This was a brilliant insight for me. The goal of my articles is to help others, not to showcase my smartness 🙂

There are two critical factors you must consider to make this a fruitful exercise.

  1. You must write these 20 ideas on a sheet of paper. No shortcut please J There is magic in writing because we cannot think of other distracting thoughts while writing. Our minds can only hold one thought at a time.
  2. Once you finish writing the list, make a choice, choose an action and act on that idea!


Let’s remember David Schwartz’s formula for success – action cures fear and inaction breeds terror.

PS: I acknowledge the pictures from the internet.