TweetRecognizing patterns is a key component of creative thinking. Being able to compare situation A with situation B or process 10 with process 20 allows you to use metaphors, solve problems and generate great ideas.
If you understand how something that works well can be applied to different situations, you’re a step ahead of the game.
In order to recognize patterns, you need to observe things widely but carefully while letting your imagination run through your knowledge, much like how a computer scans through millions of fingerprints until it finds a match. Pattern recognition is a key enabler for innovation, after all and innovation brings great new things to life.
Here’s an interesting primer article about pattern recognition from a few months ago. You really should take a look at it if, in true thoughtwrestling style, you want to improve your thinking and your ability to take action.
Here are a few key points from that article:
- We need the ability to predict the future based on prior knowledge and behavior patterns. In many cases, it’s very accurate – we know that almost everyone will stop at a stop sign.
- Also key is the ability to make sense of what we experience.
- Being aware of how your mind works helps, although much of this information processing happens at the subconscious or unconscious level.
Please read the pattern recognition article. It’s a little heavy, but it’s good stuff. It’s part of a larger, valuable series on 21st century skills.
Are you able to see the patterns hiding in front of your eyes? Better yet, have you seen a pattern out there that other people haven’t? Why not share your insights in the comments section?
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