Ive been thinking a lot just lately about overhauling my business and how I might be able to do that. New ideas are the order of the day but it’s not always easy to come up with new ideas, try as we might. Soooo…I’ve decided to make a pact with myself to write down ten new ideas every day. They may not always be business ideas but the point is to get my mind working and my creative juices flowing. The key is that it has to be ten or more EVERY day. I want my brain to sweat. I want to come up with things that I think I couldn’t possibly do…and then do them. The purpose is not to come up with good ideas necessarily…the purpose is to have a multitude of ideas…thousands over time. To develop my “idea muscle” and turn my brain into an ideas machine.
I read this somewhere the other day and it really struck a chord.
Two farmers live side by side and drink their water from wells they’ve each built on their respective property. One farmer’s well runs out of water and he needs rain to come quickly or he will die of thirst. The other farmer did the work and dug his well so an underground stream ran right into it. His well was always filled with water and he never had to worry.
So how am I going to tap into my underground stream? Well, I’m going to start by making sure that other parts of my life are in balance. This will involve disengaging from relationships and emotional situations that are no longer working for me. Trying (and I emphasise trying ) to become more physically healthy by limiting my alcohol intake, eating better and endeavouring to get enough sleep, despite being a bit of a night owl. Spiritually I need to come to terms with the fact that I can’t control everything around me. Particularly where it comes to how other people perceive me. So I guess it will be a matter of cultivating a path of non resistance and living in the moment rather than focusing too much on regrets from the past or fears for the future.
I find that immersing myself in my art work can often help to reenergise my brain. Being creative is meditation for me. When I’m Creating I am free and this can fire up my brain when things have gone dark. Sometimes I’m really happy with what I’ve created…other times I end up throwing it away but it doesn’t matter…it still ends up doing what I want it to do. When being creative, my brain doesn’t notice time passing and all of my troubles melt away.
I also like to read about the ideas of others and compare my new ideas with my old ones. I let my ideas collide and when they do this, it’s as though they mate and new and better ideas are created…it’s amazing! Not every idea is going to grow into something amazing…most of them won’t in fact, so don’t pressure yourself. Just have the ideas, write them down and then let them go and see which ones take flight and go with that…the path of least resistance.
If you have a strict routine, try shaking it up a bit. If it’s rigid, try reversing it. If you wake up, read, write, exercise, eat, go to meetings etc, reverse the process and eat, exercise, write, read, then sleep. Sleep in three hour intervals instead of a solid eight hours. Hand write instead of doing everything on your computer. Jot down your ideas. Get your subconscious moving and working on things.
Shaking things up makes your brain wonder what the heck just happened and allows your subconscious to slip in and give you some light bulb moments whilst your conscious mind is otherwise occupied.
Write down your routine:
* Make it as detailed as possible.
* Now think about what you can change about this routine today
* How can you change it?
We only ever really remember the things we are passionate about and these are the places where ideas bloom and are harvested. Everything else withers and dies. Think about the things you were passionate at age 5…10….15…..20. You’ll be surprised about how many things there were. Could you use any of them now?
Something to think about…