Many great things have started as a simple, creative idea. Let’s learn how to boost that creativity. The more creative you are, the more ideas you will be able to create.
I found this old blog post of mine and I wanted to re-share it. I have a poster in my office that I live by:
Life isn’t about finding yourself…
Life is about creating yourself!
I have known many people that were scared to try new things. However, after diving into it they became more comfortable. They were willing to take a risk and make some mistakes. The result was an ability to learn and do things they would never be able to do before.
Everyone can be creative but they have to be willing to start.
Try the following tips to help you boost your Creativity:
- Record Your Ideas Before You Forget Them
What is important is that you record your ideas. In the past, I have forgotten ideas that I thought of when I was on a walk. Now I carry my phone with me so I can record or write it down for later.
At other times I use my computer, notepad or journal. Choose what will work best for you and make sure you have a way to record your ideas at all times. You never know when an important idea will surface. Sometimes it even wakes me up.
- Don’t Limit Yourself to Ideas That Seem Possible
Capture all of your ideas. Even those that seem impossible are important for a couple of reasons. First, what seems impossible to you may not be impossible sometime in the future or for someone else. Second, impossible ideas encourage further creative ideas that might be more likely to achieve.
- Change Your Scenery or Location
A change in scenery can stimulate the creativity inside you. A change might be as simple as looking out a window. You can also visit someplace new like a park, beach, or mall. The new environment can foster new ideas.
- Read About Many Topics
It is amazing how many things in a totally unrelated subject can prompt new ideas. By broadening your knowledge into more areas, you make your creativity potential grows. In this post of mine, Books are More than Stories, I have a variety of books to get you started.
- Go For a Walk
Some of my best ideas have happened when I was on a walk. This applies to any form of moderate exercise. I have heard of others that have written articles and speeches while walking or jogging.
- Focus In 10-15 Minute Increments
It does not take a significant amount of time to brainstorm some potential ideas. In fact, brainstorming works best when done for short periods of time. Concentrate for a few minutes on generate as many ideas to address a specific area or problem.
I found that meditation is really good to help you in this area. It closes down the noise and opens up your mind to a clearer view of what you truly want.
Then capture anything that comes to mind throughout the rest of the day (see tip #1). You will have several ideas for consideration for little investment of time. One of those could become something tremendous for helping others.
- Think Big
What question are you asking to prompt your ideas? The larger the question, the larger the impact those ideas may have on the world. You can start by addressing smaller problems but don’t limit yourself to those. You have unique experiences, knowledge and talents that should be applied to helping others on a grand scale as well. Learning three steps will get you thinking bigger in no time. “Learn – Do – Teach”
Follow these tips and you will be boosting your creativity in no time at all.
You will be on your way to generating ideas that have the potential to change the world. Don’t let your previous lack of creativity keep you from developing and donating your ideas.
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