People always ask me how I come up with so many creative ideas. Some even claim I am an innovator.
But it comes back to an old saying: people really don’t seek to innovate; they are just trying to solve a problem.
And that’s how I approach things: as a problem to solve.
Here are some of the ways I get problems solved and become a go-to innovator.
Exercise 1: Day dreaming. We have all, at some point in our life, day dreamed. It should not be too hard for you to come up with a day dream. Everyone wishes they could fulfill their goals and live their dreams, so go ahead and do it. Just take some time to relax and day dream about a life you wish you had or day dream about somewhere you would like to go.
Exercise 2: Free write. Free writing is where you just sit down with a blank sheet of paper and write whatever comes into your mind. You do not worry about grammar or anything. You just put the words on the page as they enter your mind.
When you first try free writing you will likely see that your logical thinking is hard to turn off. You may write about nothing creative at all. That is fine. As you get into the exercise you will be able to come up with more creative things. It is not about creating a story or making any sense. It is about learning how your mind works.
Exercise 3: Play with clay. This is similar to free writing. Instead, though, you are going to be shaping and molding a piece of clay. Just let yourself get lost in the clay. Look at its color, feel its texture, smell its smell. Let yourself mold it and shape it however you are led to do.
Exercise 4: Spend a day with children. Children are the best innovative thinkers. As we grown up we tend to lose that wonder and amazement for life that drives innovative thinking. Spending a day with children can help you get back to that mind set and allow yourself to open your mind to innovative thoughts.
Children will give you so many ideas and they will bring out the child in you. Spending time with them will allow you to remember what you were like at that age. You will be quicker to be able to remember how you looked at the world and how full of wonder you were.
Exercise 5: Do something new. You can try something you have never done before or try something that scares you to death. Trying something new opens you to new experiences where you can learn a lot about yourself and the world around you.
Doing something new can even involve just learning about a different part of the world or it could be as dramatic as jumping out of a plane. Do whatever your mind leads you to. Doing something new will stimulate your brain in many ways. You will be full of excitement and you will be learning at the same time. You will stimulate your brain to release triggers that can help spark creativity.