Discovering New Ideas with Intentional Spontaneity
New ideas are often birthed when two or more seemingly unrelated concepts come together in sweet harmony. It’s a beautiful thing to watch and experience the formation of a “new idea”, especially if the idea contributes to the good of our world.
While it may be difficult to predict when these new ideas will come to life, given their spontaneous nature, it is possible to increase the probability for their creation by intentionally framing how our lives to discover them. Here are 3 tips for increasing the probability of discovering new ideas:
- Experience New Environments – Regularly place yourself in new environments that stimulate new perspectives. Our cities are filled with environments that you have probably never explored. Spend a few hours exploring new spaces and taking in that which feels unfamiliar.
- Meet New People – Spend some time away from your common circle of relationships and go meet some new people. Take time to attend a meeting or event outside of what you’re used to. Become an active listener and allow others to shape your perspectives and even challenge your assumptions.
- Write About New Topics – Writing refines and solidifies our ideas. Writing outside of the genres and topics we’re used to opens up new ways of thinking. Take time to write about something outside of your expertise and allow others to react to your work.
Many of the world’s best ideas that we enjoy each day came into our world because someone took the time to intentionally allow for “spontaneity”.