7 WAYS TO INSPIRE TRULY GREAT IDEAS
The power of a truly great idea can’t be
understated. With one great idea, you could build
a multi-million dollar business. You could solve the
world’s problems. One great idea could change
Having the ability to come up with great ideas is a
highly prized skill. But how exactly do people come
up with them? Some people seem to think it’s all
about inspiration – the kind that just strikes
whenever it wants.
It’s like the story of Isaac Newton. This is
something we’ve all heard before.
Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple
fell and bumped him on the head.
Immediately Newton was struck with a brilliant
idea – the theory of gravity. In an instant, he
changed how people see the world.
The big problem with this story is that it’s not
true. Newton didn’t come up with his idea of
gravity in an instant. It took a long time of
thinking and working out the math.
But this instance is how many people look at
generating ideas. They think it happens at a
single moment when inspiration comes to them.
The problem with this way of seeing ideas is that
it’s passive. Ideas come to you.
That’s not how ideas work. You have to actively
be seeking them out; it takes some work to get
there. If you just wait for them, a truly creative
idea will probably never come to you.
If you want your life to change with a brilliant
new idea, you have to be on the lookout for them.
They don’t just happen out of thin air.
Be active, not passive.
Do things that mentally stimulate your brain so
that ideas can be born.
1. Surrounding yourself with brilliant thinkers
Great ideas don’t usually form alone. They often
come from interactions with have with others. A
small idea gets bounced back and forth in
conversation until something extraordinary
comes out of it.
That’s why a lot of great artists and writers
spend time with each other. Someone will bring
something up and a discussion will get started.
By the end of the discussion, you’ll have
Try to network with smart and innovative people.
When you have someone intelligent to talk with,
your small ideas can become huge.
You don’t even need to know these people in
person. You can also track their activities from a
distance. Follow them online or read their blog.
Something they say could spark a new idea in you.
2. Changing your environment
Never underestimate the power your environment
has over your ability to create ideas.
Think of all the people who have been inspired by
nature. A huge waterfall or beautiful view can
light up your mind.
A great city can have the same effect. People
have been inspired by lively places like New York or
Travel more and get out of your normal, everyday
environment. That might be all you need to get
that creativity working inside your head.
3. Do something exciting
When you do something exciting, you feel alive. It
gets your heart pumping and you reach a higher
state of mind.
All that excitement frees up your mind and gets
you thinking. In that state of excitement, you
stop seeing obstacles. Your mind becomes open to
new possibilities. It’s really freeing.
Try something like surfing or mountain climbing.
Get out and do new, exciting things that will
stimulate your brain.
4. Letting your mind wander in silence
When is the last time you sat in silence and just
let your mind think?
There is so much noise in the world that our minds
can become overwhelmed. We’re always checking
Facebook, our email, watching TV or talking with
Yes, it’s stimulating the brain, but it might be too
much. All that stimulation might be overwhelming
your thoughts and actually preventing new ideas
Quieting things down a little can be good for clear
thinking. It’s rejuvenating.
When you let your mind think about things
without any outside stimulation, you might be
surprised what it will come up.
5. Examine other people’s great ideas
History is full of great people who came up with
great ideas. Why not study them?
Take a look at some of the greatest ideas that
have already happened and analyze them for why
they became so great to begin with.
How did they change things?
How did these people approach their problems?
Their insights might help you come up with a few
insights of your own.
6. Exploring your creative side
Creative ideas don’t just come out of nowhere.
They come out of the creative side of your brain.
So if you exercise that portion of your brain
more, you’re more likely to get more out of it.
Get in touch with that area of your mind. Be
Paint something or write a short story. Do
creative things that you don’t normally do.
Go to a museum and look at great works of art.
Or listen to new types of music you don’t normally
listen to. The more creativity you explore, the
more it stretches your mind.
7. Looking at things from a different angle
When is the last time you saw something from a
different perspective? An angle with a different,
unique viewpoint can change the way you see
Get in the habit of looking at the world this way.
Don’t just see things from one side; see them
from all the sides you can.
Look at the world from a child’s eye. Look at it as
if you’re an alien from another planet.
It’s amazing how little you actually see of the
world if you only take your one single view. When
you start seeing things from multiple angles, you
see the world in entirely new ways.
If you keep waiting for great ideas to arrive,
they may never arrive. Be active in finding them
and you’ll start seeing a lot of great ideas come