14 Feb Where to Find Creative Thoughts?
Where to Find Creative Thoughts? The answer is not what you might expect, but it seems that it is those things that we were told off for doing in school, wandering around, daydreaming or just playing around, are the very things that most stimulate our creativity. If sitting and looking at a blank page or screen isn’t bringing you any good ideas, here are seven things to try that are more helpful.
1. Spend time alone
Even though the world likes collaborative work, we go into the most creative parts of our brains when we are alone. As we start to think without other interference, we go down into a deeper state where we notice connections, relive memories and generally process whatever is on our minds. Once we’ve moved past the mental chatter, we are likely to get some really good insights, but have to be tuned out from the world to let this happen.
It helps if your body is doing something useful but undemanding, like taking a walk or a shower, but having your body busy, your mind is able to process new ideas and make unexpected connections.
3. Try something different
It stands to reason that you are unlikely to come up with the next great idea if you constantly do the same thing – the theory about insanity, remember? By exposing your mind and sense to new things you start to get ideas of the possibilities in them. Not everything new will work, so be open to seeing and trying new things, because you will never know what will trigger a good idea!
4. Processing Trauma
While it is not anything we want to face, sadly the unexpected death of someone close to us or our own trauma can reveal amazing new ideas. As we rebuild our lives our minds start to really review the way we see the world. As we look at our priorities and worldview, we undergo what is known as ‘post-traumatic growth’ which more often than not includes creative ideas. Nearly 70% of those who experience this return have a positive change of some kind.
5. Listen to your gut
Our instincts are always very good guides, but we have to learn to listen to them, and dare to follow them. Flashes of inspiration and intuitive urges bring answers in seconds that it would take our usual thinking processes to come up with them.
6. Let your mind wander
When we take the brakes off our thinking process, all kinds of ideas flit through our minds that we don’t normally consider together. Some of the results aren’t great, but we have all had the brilliant idea on vacation because our minds were idly musing the benefits of going into the water vs getting an ice-cream. The less focused we are on the problem we want to solve, the more likely something great will emerge.
7. Ignore the nay-sayers
Throughout history new ideas have been greeted with skepticism, and even in schools, teachers reward learning information over processing it and coming up with new ideas. So treat your new ideas with care, and don’t share them with those who prefer the status quo. Keep them to share with your creative friends who will enjoy hearing your solution – and may even contribute to it!
So when you next need to come up with the next great idea, you know what to do. And if it is a work project, don’t call a meeting, get everyone outside, alone, and see what happens!