At any moment, you’re one idea away from a breakthrough. Right now, as you read this, you are one idea away from significant life change. Your business is one idea away from a million dollars. One idea can change everything.
The challenge you face is finding new ideas. Most people sit around waiting for creativity to strike or hoping they can get “into the zone”. This isn’t how great ideas come to you.
The good news is that there are a few easy, yet effective, things you can do to find new ideas.
1. Get Away From Routine
Great ideas don’t usually come from the office. Go somewhere different. Shake things up. I often grab my laptop and work outside or at a coffee shop. I do this to break up my routine. My best ideas come while I’m traveling. Specifically, my most creative moments happen while I’m flying. I think it’s because of the isolation. The environment forces me to focus and think. Heck, this works so well for me I’ve considered flying somewhere, turning around and coming right back home just to have the air time. Ideas come to you when you get away from routine.
2. Devote Time To Thinking Each Day
Devoted time for thinking can be great for you, your business, family life and so on. I’ve found that 5 minutes of quiet meditation can lead to great ideas. The world is constantly fighting for your attention. Everyone is in a hurry and everything is urgent. Be disciplined and take time each morning to sit quietly and think. You’ll be amazed at how much more creative you become. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers did this. Thomas Edison was known for sitting in silence, thinking, for hours at a time.
It’s hard to come up with new ideas when you’re never expanding your thoughts. Reading can provide creative inspiration and spark new ideas. Discovering how others think and getting insights from new perspectives can lead you to new ideas. The people I know who consistently have great ideas are avid readers. They are always learning and seeking knowledge.
4. Talk To People
One of my best sources for new ideas is the conversations I have with the people in my life. Surround yourself with smart, inspiring, and motivated people who will help you reach your goals. The guys in my mastermind group are always sharing great ideas. Sometimes they’ll directly give me an idea I can use. Other times, the idea comes from inspiration as a result of our conversations.
5. Write Them Down
There’s no point in having a great idea if you don’t remember it. You must take the time to collect and record your thoughts. Do what works for you. A pen and notepad might be your thing. Perhaps you like to use an app such as Evernote. Regardless of the tool or process, develop the habit of recording your ideas. Disney has a policy of never throwing out an idea. They believe that an idea might not work today, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. They keep a record and can lean on this resource for inspiration. You should do the same.
The biggest takeaway I want you to get from this is that new ideas don’t come to you during your normal routine. You have to get away from the desk and into a different environment.