“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.” — Eckhart Tolle
Where do your best ideas come from?
Are you able to use your creative talents daily? When do you use your creativity?
Creativity leads to innovation if action is taken and that is what thwarts many creative people, the inability to take action. Having great ideas works when something becomes of them. Perhaps you have tons of great ideas and they are carefully written in a book, the ideas are there but they aren’t going anywhere. What would it take to take the best ideas and take action on them?
If you are thinking, “I’m not a creative thinker” then try to different approaches to solving problems. For example Daniel Pink suggests that you give the problem to someone else to solve. Gretchen Rubin the author of the “Happiness Project” has these suggestions to generate new ideas.
Some people just draw pictures and link those pictures to a central theme, or do what is popularly called “Mind Mapping“. There are other brain storming methods that can be used to generate new ideas, ideas that can improve your life. Visiting a book store can be a good way to look at things in a new way, new ideas and new thoughts can lead to your innovative spirit coming to life.
Some ideas to cultivate creative thoughts:
1. Invite some friends over for a creativity party.
2. Take a walk
3. Journal – and then reflect on what you wrote
4. Solve a problem for someone else
5. Play with some children .. let them solve a problem for you.
6. Take something apart blindfolded
7. Read a book you normally wouldn’t read
The idea is to shift you out of your comfort zone, your normal zone of thinking, so that you exercise a part of the brain you don’t normally use. Flip things upside down, tackle the idea from a different point of view and see what happens. Change the rules to a game, like Monopoly or Scrabble, what can you come up with?
Elizabeth Gilbert the author of “Eat, Pray, Love” talks about the creativity challenge …
What are your creativity challenges? What would spark a new idea? What would cause you to leap to action?