What is Insight and How to Have More?

Insight on pressing problems is necessary. Get-It-Done Guy explains what insight is, and how to have more “A-ha!” moments in your life.

Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #261

Insight on Problems Comes With Fresh Thoughts

What an insight is, at its core, is a thought you’ve never had before. It’s a fresh thought. We think most of our thoughts over and over again. My day is full of thoughts like: “If I eat this, what will it do to my manly-man six pack, that’s currently surrounded by a protective layer of manly-man, er, padding?” or “Oreo Ice Cream Cake is yummy” or “How can I get people to hire me to speak about leadership, entrepreneurship, and productivity?” (See what I did there?)

A fresh thought would be a thought I’ve never had before. Something like, “I’ll bet I look great in spandex” or “I can volunteer to cook dinner tonight and clean up.”

Fresh thoughts aren’t necessarily insights, but insights are fresh thoughts. I spent most of my life as a workaholic perfectionist. So here’s a fresh thought that could revolutionize my life “In the grand scheme of my career, missing one project deadline really won’t make or break me.” If I had that as a fresh thought, it would be more than fresh, it would be a major insight on how to live my life.

Find the Fresh Thought Feeling

If you recall an insight you’ve had, you’ll notice it happened in a particular state of mind. Thoughts were flowing though your mind, and you weren’t fiercely grabbing them and concentrating. You felt a sense of lightness and ease.

That good feeling of ease and relaxation is the Fresh Thought State of Mind. When you feel that way, you’ll be more likely to have fresh thoughts, and the more fresh thoughts you have, the more likely one will be an insight.

Find fresh thoughts by following the good feeling and letting your thoughts flow by without attaching to any too analytically. This feeling is key to finding insights.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT. 

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