stephenscellar.com – 8 Ways To Create Fantastic Ideas
We more often than not stand between where we are and where we want to be.
A healthy brain is designed to help us be successful. Generating ideas is not much of a work for an incredible machine that outpaces even today’s sophisticated technology.
The problem is not generating ideas; it is accessing them successfully. Frustration seems to be part of the inability to access and not to generate.
When you understand this, your approach changes, and you begin with the confidence that you have the idea already and focus on getting it instead of spending your time trying to create them.
Remember that accessing ideas like any other skill develops through practice. Lack of practice is one reason we may not be able to reach ideas when we try it occasionally under stress.
Here are a few ways you can practice.
1- Intention Matters – Choose an area of your life that needs improvement. Decide each day that you are going to generate at least one great idea on how to make those improvements.
2- Change of Scenery – Our brain likes to work in grooves. When you provide it with the same environment surrounded by familiar items and reminded of the same repetition experience and actions, your brain does exactly what it has done before. Go to a place you do not often visit. It could be a hiking trail, a park, and even a cemetery. You can also try moving your chair to a different location in your back yard. Get the brain out of a groove.
3- Start a Daily Journal – The process of writing accesses your creative center. Journalling is easier than creative writing because it uses an already made list of what you have already done. Your brain gets distracted. As you write your daily activities, your mind begins to think of related subjects and new ideas. Your daily activities
4- Focus Online Browsing – Make a list of what you want to change before you get online. We habitually perform the same type of searches and visit the same kind of website. Making a list ahead of time allows you to do things differently and connect to creativity others express.
5- Dedicated Time – Many artists, painters, and writers deal with creativity blockage. They have learned that by setting aside specific times every day dedicated to their art, they will move through that phase. You can do the same thing by dedicating time each day to generate ideas. This is not a freewheeling session. You have a specific topic and desirable outcome in mins. For example, “Today, I find at least three ways to resolve the traffic generation to my website.”
6- Skim – The human brain works much faster than we think, and our subconscious process information at a much deeper level that our awareness allows. By skimming through books on specific topics, you provide data for your brain and your subconscious so that they can process it and return new ideas later when you least expect it.
7- Ask – Creativity is the domain of all humans, and many of those close to you care for you. Take advantage of it and ask. Be specific. Don’t ask how I can make money in my business. Instead, ask, “Do you have any ideas on where I can place my business information for new prospects to see?”
8- Understand Ebb and Flow – Flow of ideas like many experiences in life seem to have a rhythm. Their flow recedes, and we are left with nothing, and then they come back like a tidal wave.
When you understand this, you can retain balance and work on your schedule to find and express your ideas without too many emotional ups and downs.
Final Note – Just like resistance training, it takes time and regular sessions to develop your idea muscles. And just like resistance training, when you do not exercise, your idea-generating muscle detrains and