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Keys to Sparking Creativity & Innovation

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Inspiration for creative ideas is all around. We just have to pay attention.

A few weeks ago, my wife and I found ourselves in need of a new vehicle after our previous one died on us unexpectedly. We immediately started our research online in hopes of purchasing a well kept, used Prius (a vehicle we had hoped to purchase one day given the current gas prices!). After visiting numerous sites and speaking with friends who had purchased Prius’ in the past, all we could think about was the Prius. We soon became really familiar with all its features, pricing models, customer reviews, and even warranty options. Whenever we were out, we saw countless people driving one. It was as if Toyota had secretly planted Prius’ all over our city in order to convince us of our need to purchase. Needless to say, the Prius was on our minds.

I think that sparking creative ideas works in an analogous fashion. Just as we anticipated to see the Prius around town, creative ideas become visible if we choose to look for them.

It’s not so much that we work extra hard to develop a process that births creativity. Rather, it’s more important that we posture ourselves to carry a mindset that welcomes and looks for creative and innovative thoughts. As Louis Pasteur once said, “Chance favors (only) the prepared mind.”

Unfortunately, many have given up on the notion that they are creative or innovative. They choose not to see the great ideas that swirl around them in their environment. They lose out because they turn a blind eye to opportunity.

 

 

Do You See What I See?

  • Take a moment this week to pause and look around you. Are there things that can help trigger creative or innovate thoughts about the things you’re working on?
  • Invite yourself into new, unexpected environments to explore how others unlike you think about the world. Seemingly unrelated concepts often need to clash to spark creativity and innovation.
  • Breathe and write down “random” things that come to mind when you consider your ideas. Overtime, you’ll discover some interesting connections.
  • Watch a film or listen to music outside of what you’re use to. Take some notes on what you like and dislike about what you’re experiencing. Explain why you feel the way you do.
  • Look at Pinterest (yes, Pinterest) boards on design and creativity. It’s a fun, simple way of visually exploring thoughts.

Creative innovation is all around us. Do you see it?

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5 Responses to Keys to Sparking Creativity & Innovation

  1. Don’t forget this bullet: Are there screens around you that are distracting you from creativity? Turn them off and run away with a notebook and pencil. Try to stay away for one hour.

  2. Brian says:

    Sometimes when I have a creative block, I do something that is opposite brain. I am very left brain. I love charts and math. So when I am stuck, I draw. Using my right brain is unnatural, but it helps unravel that block.

    P.S. Drawing become easier when I discovered it has math in it….. I am dork.

  3. Cliff says:

    I am totally convinced that creativity and innovation is bigger than Kennedys moon shot challenge of the nineteen sixties . It is and a driving force for better health and incredible turn around and change for our lives and our failing economy. Live in harmony and peace . Go !!

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