A powerful idea makes all the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful person, team, or company.
An idea is “A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action” – It stresses the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result.
And once an idea is executed properly it gives us a leap of growth in that area of our life, taking us to the next level.
Most of the successful people have constantly found and applied ideas in their life and hence become successful. Be it in science, art , sports, finance, business or their personal life.
How to generate ideas:
Contrary to the belief that it has to do with high IQ, it’s, in general, more to do with the presence of mind. History has proven that grounded people with dedicated efforts generate better ideas. Here are the key ingredients for generating good ideas:
Necessity is the mother of all inventions. We should be motivated either internally or externally. Also should have the passion and doggedness to follow thru our hearts.
Ideas flow in free mind.
It’s not possible to have a good thought process with a cluttered mind. If we are bogged down with stress, tension, or negative emotions, it will hinder the free flow of thoughts.
Only a controlled and focused mind can generate better ideas.
Be it meditation, soothing music, or morning prayers, whatever calms our mind and helps us focus.
Exercise – A healthy body
For a healthy mind, we need a healthy body, and exercising is the best way to keep fit. Whether it’s long walks or running it doesn’t matter as long as physical exercise is part of the daily regime.
Varied Knowledge and Interests
Apart from constant learning in the field where we want to generate ideas. It’s a huge advantage to gain knowledge in other work areas that is not related to ours.
For example, if you are an entrepreneur, it opens a new perspective if you learn guitar or any musical instrument. It broadens our horizons and empowers us to have different thought processes.
Some of the activities that helps:
• Reading Books (Possibly from wide variety of subjects)
• Learning different Languages (Each languages gives different prospectives)
• Learning Music or Creative Art etc (Learning other creative areas of work)
Anything that allows us to dip into and learn other work areas.
To think of an idea sometimes we need to break the mold, be courageous, be stupid and be bold to try things that have never been tried before.
Courage and lateral way of thinking is critical for ideas to flow in.
As they say, you are what surrounds you. Our chances of creating new ideas and pursuing them improve if we have peers, a social circle, or an environment that embraces new ideas.