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This is a discussion on Lists of 100: A great tool self discovery and self improvement within the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers forums, part of the Keirsey Temperament Forums category; I'm basically posting this because I wanted to share this great concept which has helped me a great deal and ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Lists of 100: A great tool self discovery and self improvement

    I'm basically posting this because I wanted to share this great concept which has helped me a great deal and I think other NFs may especially appreciate it.
    I was wondering if anyone else has heard of it. Also if anyone's interested it would be fun and inspiring to share lists and list ideas in this thread. If you decide to make one and feel like sharing it, feel free to post it here.
    I've been deeply inspired through what I've discovered and how I've transformed through these lists and just wanted to pass the ideal along. :)


    Here's the link where I got this from: Tackle Any Issue With a List of 100

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    INFP - The Idealists

    The List of 100 is a powerful technique you can use to generate ideas, clarify your thoughts, uncover hidden problems or get solutions to any specific questions you’re interested in.
    The technique is very simple in principle: state your issue or question in the top of a blank sheet of paper and come up with a list of one hundred answers or solutions about it. “100 Ways to Generate Income”, “100 Ways to be More Creative” or “100 Ways to Improve my Relationships” are some examples.
    One hundred entries? Isn’t that way too many?”
    Bear with me: it’s exactly this exaggeration that makes the technique powerful.
    When starting your list you may believe that there’s no way to get it done. But then, at some point during the exercise, you will naturally have your subconscious mind naturally engaged in the process. That’s when you will uncover many new and surprising answers, and ideas will start flowing again. Making a List of 100 is a beautifully articulated cooperation between the conscious and subconscious minds tackling one single problem.
    Unlike the related Idea Quota tool — whose primary goal is to acquire the habit of coming up with ideas — the goal of a List of 100 is to take your mind by surprise. While both techniques are based on the concept of getting good ideas from lots of ideas, the ideas generated by each method are usually different in kind. With the Idea Quota you tend to have more elaborate ideas, because you have time to incubate them throughout the day (often without being aware of it). With a List of 100 you tend to get more unexpected ideas, because you catch your subconscious off guard, not giving it any time for its behind-the-scenes editing.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Ground Rules

    There are only two simple principles to keep in mind when making Lists of 100:
    1. Do it at one sitting

    This is the one crucial element for the technique to work. If you end up doing your hundred entries, though over many sessions, you’ll defeat the point of the technique. Before starting your list, make yourself comfortable and try to block all potential interruptions.
    2. Eliminate distractions

    Just like most brainstorming techniques, you should strive to eliminate all activities unrelated to idea generation during the brainstorming session. Just focus on getting the ideas out of your head as quickly as possible following these rules:

    • Don’t judge or evaluate ideas; you’ll review them later.
    • Don’t write complete words or sentences if that slows you down.
    • Don’t stop to wonder how far in the list you are; number the lines from 1 to 100 in advance or use numbered lists if you’re using a word processor.
    • Don’t worry too much about repeating entries; duplicates can shed light on your patterns of thought.

    The Dynamics of Making Lists of 100

    To understand why creating a List of 100 works, consider what happens during the process of making one. There are three distinct phases you will usually go through when making your list:
    1. First 30 entries or so: where you escape circular thinking

    The first items are the easiest to come up with. In this first phase, your conscious mind is still in charge and you’ll most probably just dump ideas you’re already familiar with.
    2. Next 40 entries: where patterns emerge

    In this phase you’ll start noticing recurring themes and patterns of thought. Phase two is usually the hardest one, as you may find it difficult to let go of the ideas you had in the first phase in order to come up with new, distinct ones.
    Bear in mind that it’s exactly this struggle that enables you to get to the third and most fruitful phase, hence the importance of not giving up at this point.
    3. Last 30 entries: where the gems are

    At this point you will already have exhausted most “logical” answers, allowing your subconscious mind to express itself more freely. Don’t be surprised if you get at least one or two really nonsensical or seemingly illogical entries. You may feel tempted to not write them down (“How on earth did I think that?”). Write them down anyway: these wacky entries may sound far from profound, but it’s exactly those items you’re after.
    Also, after coming up with so many entries, it’s not rare to experience a shift in perspective: items that you first felt as being awkward will seem to better fit now than when you started the list. Moreover, your whole attitude towards the problem can change as you develop your entries: you may even come to the conclusion that you should be dealing with a different list topic altogether.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Applications of Lists of 100

    Although I have known a variation of the List of 100 technique for several years (thanks to Michael Gelb’s How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci), it was only recently that I realized the technique’s full potential by reading Kathleen Adams’s Journal to the Self: 22 Paths to Personal Growth. This is an excellent book that has many great journaling techniques — and the List of 100 has its own chapter.

    The List of 100 technique can be used for a lot more than solving specific problems; it is a general-purpose personal development tool that can help increase your self-knowledge, motivate yourself, and much more. To illustrate its myriad of uses, find below a List of 100 Lists of 100. The list was mostly taken from Journal to the Self, and slightly adapted with some of my own ideas.
    100 Things to Write a List of 100 About

    1. 100 Things I’m Grateful For
    2. 100 Ways I Could Nurture Myself
    3. 100 Ways I Sabotage Myself
    4. 100 Things I’m Good At
    5. 100 Things I Like About Myself
    6. 100 Questions I Want Answers
    7. 100 Ways To Improve My Life
    8. 100 Things I’ve Accomplished In My Life
    9. 100 Things I’m Feeling Stressed About
    10. 100 Things I’d Do If I Had Time
    11. 100 Things I Need Or Want To Do
    12. 100 Things I Want To Accomplish In The Next X Months
    13. 100 Things To Do Before I Die
    14. 100 Things That Are Going Right
    15. 100 Things That Are Going Wrong
    16. 100 Reasons I Want To Stay Married/Committed
    17. 100 Reasons I Don’t Want To Stay Married/Committed
    18. 100 Things I Want In A Partner/Relationship
    19. 100 Things I Have To Offer To A Partner/Relationship
    20. 100 Fears I Am Having Right Now
    21. 100 Things That Once Scared Me But Don’t Anymore
    22. 100 Reasons To Save Money
    23. 100 Things I Miss
    24. 100 Sacrifices I Have Made
    25. 100 Marketing Ideas For My Business
    26. 100 Ways I Can Make Money
    27. 100 Ways To Make A Difference
    28. 100 Jobs/Careers I’d Like To Have
    29. 100 Fears About Being A Multimillionaire
    30. 100 Things I Believe In
    31. 100 Achievements (Qualities) I Am Proud Of
    32. 100 Things I Value In Life
    33. 100 Ways I Help Others
    34. 100 Things That Turn Me On
    35. 100 Things That Turn Me Off
    36. 100 Judgments I Make
    37. 100 Things I Find Hard To Share
    38. 100 Things I’m Disappointed About
    39. 100 Things I’m Angry About
    40. 100 Things I’m Sad About
    41. 100 Things [Peoples, Places] I Love
    42. 100 Things To Do When I’m Depressed
    43. 100 Things To Do When I’m Alone
    44. 100 Rules I Have Broken
    45. 100 Skills I Have
    46. 100 Feelings I Am Having Right Now
    47. 100 Childhood Memories
    48. 100 Things My Parents Used To Say To Me
    49. 100 Ways In Which I’m Generous
    50. 100 Ways To Be More Productive
    51. 100 Things I Hate
    52. 100 Things I Want
    53. 100 Places I’d Like To Visit
    54. 100 Things I’d Like Someone To Tell Me
    55. 100 Things I’d Like To Hear
    56. 100 Things I’d Like To Tell My Child
    57. 100 Things I Want My Child To Know About Me
    58. 100 Reasons To Have A Baby
    59. 100 Reasons Not To Have A Baby
    60. 100 Adjectives Describing Myself
    61. 100 Decisions Other Have Made For Me
    62. 100 Decisions I Made That Turned Out Well
    63. 100 Things I’d Do If I Had Six Months To Live
    64. 100 Expectations Other Have Of Me
    65. 100 Expectations I Have Of Myself
    66. 100 Judgments I Haven’t Released
    67. 100 Ways To Be More Creative
    68. 100 Things I Could Carry In My Pocket
    69. 100 Things I’d Save If My House Were On Fire
    70. 100 Things I Want To Tell My Mother [Father]
    71. 100 Things I’d Never Tell My Mother [Father]
    72. 100 Financial Fears
    73. 100 Excuses I Make For Myself
    74. 100 Things I Need/Want To Control
    75. 100 Fears I Have About Giving Up Control
    76. 100 Answered Prayers
    77. 100 People I’d Like To Meet
    78. 100 Reasons Why I Get Jealous
    79. 100 People I Admire
    80. 100 Tasks I’ve Been Procrastinating
    81. 100 Memories From My Past
    82. 100 Things That Nourish Me
    83. 100 Things I Haven’t Finished
    84. 100 Things I’m Glad I’ve Done
    85. 100 Things I’ll Never Do Again
    86. 100 Ways To Generate Income
    87. 100 Principles To Live By
    88. 100 People I Want To Forgive
    89. 100 People I Want To Forgive Me
    90. 100 Things To Forgive Myself For
    91. 100 Mistakes I Have Made
    92. 100 Lessons I Have Learned
    93. 100 Ways To Be Healthier
    94. 100 Things That Make Me Cry
    95. 100 Things That Make Me Laugh
    96. 100 Things I’d Delegate
    97. 100 Thing I Want For My Birthday
    98. 100 Possessions I’m Tired Of Owning
    99. 100 Responsibilities That I’d Like To Avoid
    100. 100 Things To Write A List Of 100 About

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    INFP - The Idealists

    wow, thanks a lot for sharing this ...i am an INFP and would love to do this in order to help me in remembering that my life is not that bad, and that i have been able to go through many difficult things as well accomplished a lot
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Miraji View Post
    wow, thanks a lot for sharing this ...i am an INFP and would love to do this in order to help me in remembering that my life is not that bad, and that i have been able to go through many difficult things as well accomplished a lot
    You're very welcome. Some of these lists have really helped me remember that there are many joyful things in my life and that even in dark times, it's not so bad.

    some of my favorites for that include the 100 things I'm grateful for or 100 things I value.
    what really helped me were lists centered around potential, positive things and good qualities about myself.
    I can get quite perfectionistic and critical about myself and sometimes I forget about my value and my high points.

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I am going to try this when I get the chance >O This sounds amazingly helpful
    silverlined thanked this post.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Holy crap that sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    silverlined thanked this post.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Wow! This is a great idea. I've always enjoyed making lists. (yeah, I'm a dork, I know)
    I just started a 100 Things I Want in a (Romantic) Relationship list. I'm currently on number 23.
    silverlined thanked this post.


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