Has this ever happened to you? You’re super busy with a million different projects and then, bam!, the best idea comes to you. But, you have to put it aside because, you are stretched to the max on current projects, and you really, really, need to get some things finished.
Then, when life quiets down, and you want and need a little excitement in your life, you hunt around for all those great ideas and nothing comes to mind. Nada, zilch, nothing. Your mind feels as dry and thirsty as the Sahara desert.
You begin to wonder if your idea generating machine is broken from disuse. Is it true what they say, “use it or lose it”?
What are you going to do? You need to feel excited and passionate about something again, but your creativity has gone bye, bye, bye.
Before you can work on taking steps to increase your idea generation, let’s talk about where those great ideas come from and what fuels them. The fuel is creativity and we all have it, but yes, sometimes the well runs close to dry. You have to prime the pump to get those great ideas flowing again.
When I say creativity, I’m not just talking about people involved in the arts, you know, the artists, musicians, and writers. No, I mean everyone. We all employ creativity every day, in the way we present ourselves to the world, the way we design our environments, even the way we budget our money can sometimes involve creativity!
One of the biggest hindrances to feeling creative is a lack of time. You must make time to allow the mind to come to rest in order to provide space for new, creative solutions to come to the surface.
Do you remember when you were younger you had a thirst for knowledge on a certain subject? This is the point that you want to try and rekindle. That thirst for learning everything you can about something. This quest should spark your passion.
The best way to do start increasing your creativity is to set goals. These goals may be manageable by yourself, or you may need to have someone help you. Especially if you are going to be learning new skills. Yes, I’ll say it. Hiring a coach is a great way to develop a plan to achieve goals with soul. Goals that spark you and get you tuned into your life again. And yes, I can help you with that.
But it pays to remember that it takes time to learn something new. It cannot be rushed and you must allow yourself plenty of time for studying. It is often the actual process of learning that becomes the best result of your creativity.
Use the tools you literally have at hand, schedule time into your calendar. If it’s not written down, it’s not going to get done. When you’re just starting out working on goals, it’s best to start small so you can stay consistent. You don’t have to work on this every day. Once or twice a week may be more than enough time. When setting your goal provide yourself with ample time to reach it. Allow for family and business commitments as necessary. Why? Because something is going to come up to try to derail your new plan; it always does. So, prepare for the unexpected by placing lots of buffer time around your goal deadlines.
As you strive to reach your goals you are going to have to take chances and risks. Don’t hold back and put as much effort into this as possible. I’ll say it again. If you need help with this, reach out to a coach. I am available and taking new clients.
By giving yourself permission you are also increasing your confidence levels. You may even want to take notes along the way and see how much your confidence and self-esteem improves. Lack of confidence can really hinder you when it comes to creativity.
This will not surprise you but, negative thinking is another huge hindrance. When you need to think and plan ahead it is much easier to do so when you are in a good mood or positive state of mind.
If necessary, take steps to work on improving your mindset before embarking on your new journey. This way you are setting yourself up for success.
My new course, Positive & Creative Thinking has just launched and is the perfect tool to help you combat the issue of negative thinking as well as giving you techniques you can do right away to re-train your thinking so that new ideas flow easily, solutions to problems come much faster, and you can move forward towards your goals.