The power of innovation is is what most people think that others have but not themselves. You may marvel at the creative process in action in others and wish that you could have it yourself. Wish no more. Everyone possesses an ability to be creative and hence innovative. You were born so.
You have the potential to be, do and have anything that you set your mind to. You may just be the only person holding you back.
You can no doubt remember how long it took to learn to ride a bicycle, learn a language at school, or perhaps learn to be an excellent car driver. It didn't happen overnight. Nothing ever does. And so it is with learning to be innovative and creative. It is an innate talent that needs to be woken from slumber. Some of what follows may help.
Steer your own ship - better put - steer your own ship using your own charts (goals and dreams). Listening to the well meaning advice of too many people often only leads to confusion. Trust yourself. If you have an original and great idea you'd like to follow through with, trying to explain it to others will not work. They will only want to brand it with their own ideas and interpretations (most of it negative!) and nine times out of ten they will never understand it anyway. Best to make your own mistakes or more likely your very own victories to cherish.
Spend time proudly on your ideas and creations. They're just as important to you and the world as anyone else's. Who knows what may come of it. You're great thing may revolutionise the world.
A great way to stimulate your thoughts and allow ideas to pop into your mind is to perform some type of exercise. Go for a walk. Go for a run. Ride a bike. Have a workout. whatever you do, do it alone, in peace and quiet. Give your subconscious a chance to do it's job. When your blood is flowing and your mind is quiet, it's ideas time.
Always keep a notepad and pen next to your bed. Doing this will allow you to record any ideas and thoughts that may come to you when you first awake. Some say that these thoughts are from contact with collective consciousness when your mind has achieved relaxation.
Be yourself. Find your own unique style. Be an individual. Don't be afraid to stand out. It's easy to pick out the color red in a sea of blue. But be honest about it - fakes are easy to pick. Find a personal style that is comfortable and comes naturally to you. Unique ideas more often than not come from unique individuals who are prepared to travel the road less travelled.
Waiting until everything is perfect before you start means you may never actually start. Tip: the time is never perfect to start new projects. Just get started and you will find that things will soon fall into place. The inspiration will come. To start writing I sit in front of my laptop and after a short while an idea for an article pops in. You are no different. Give yourself the opportunity. And you don't need the latest nick knack gadget to do a great job either. Many great books have been written on loose paper with a pencil entirely in longhand.
Passion breeds innovation. Do stuff you love and love the stuff you do. You can have all the talent in the world but if the flames of passion and hunger for what you do are long dead it's time to seek change. You'll soon get fed up seeing people with far less talent than you achieve far more. Find something you love and light a fire under yourself.
Relax. Ever tried talking gently in a crowded room. No one can hear you! With a still and quiet mind you can finally hear yourself think. Find time to get away and think. Make the room in your life for ideas of innovation to enter in. Be ready for them - don't forget that paper and pen.
Finally - you already have what it takes - everybody does - it's inside you - it's called heart.
"Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress." - Ted Levitt
"Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time." - Bill Gates
"The winner is the chef who takes the same ingredients as everyone else and produces the best results." - Edward de Bono
Thoughtful reading on innovation: "The Medici Effect" by Frans Johansson
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