The ability of coming up with a new and exciting idea is something we are all capable of, yet most of us do not engage in innovation often for a variety of reasons, or just don’t know how to use it to our advantage. However, when you add innovation to your life, your daily experiences become more enjoyable as your imagination and creativity awaken.
You see, every person is born creative but we forget about it as we grow up. Think back to your kindergarten years. The box or crayons was not limited to just a few of your classmates, was it? Every single kid got a chance at scribbling with crayons because every child was born with the potential to be creative and innovate.
Let’s keep at it… how long did it take you to learn how to ride a bike or write the ABC’s legibly or tie your shoes? The same happens with innovation. It might take time to bring it back, but with persistence and a some practice this natural talent will come back for you to tap into it as you need it. The following tips will give you some guidance on how to add innovation to your life.
- Don’t listen to what other people say
Follow your gut and trust yourself. People’s input will only act as noise and it can make you doubt yourself. If you have a great idea, don’t ask for people’s opinions. Their input may disrupt your creativity. Don’t try either to make them understand. Either they won’t or they will come up with 100 reasons why your idea won’t work. Even if they have the best of intentions, their opinions will take the form of negative feedback that can disrupt your original idea. Think about this: if all the geniuses and inventors in history had listened to their friends’ opinions, we would probably still be living in caves.
- Spend time on your project
Take the necessary time to work on your idea, but be careful not to neglect your job and daily obligations. Working on an idea requires time management tricks but with a little discipline you’ll be able to handle all things successfully. You can add innovation to your life and still remain responsible.
Don’t forget about the benefits of physical activity and brain oxygenation, so take a walk, run a mile or two, or go for a bike ride. Get all those endorphins running through your body. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind, promotes motivation and allows for creative ideas to pop up.
- Record your dreams
You have probably dreamt many crazy and bizarre things that your conscious mind would never have thought of. These kinds of dreams are proof of the untapped innovative power you have lying within. As silly as it may sound, take some time to jot down notes about your dreams as soon as you wake up. You may not know it yet, but dreams can flicker an innovative spark in you.
- Find your own style
You can always tell a Van Gogh from a Dali. You probably can also identify the writings of Hemingway by the choice of words on his books. You are not different. People will appreciate your innovation precisely because it is uniquely yours, an original product of your creativity. The fact that no one else has thought of what you are creating, is something that will eventually attract people to your innovation. Do not think even for a second that no one will like your work. Perhaps some won’t, but there are plenty of people out there with all kinds of tastes and likes. You’ll surely find people that appreciate the valuable asset you are.
- Don’t hide behind nifty gadgets or tools
You don’t need the most expensive materials to produce a masterpiece. The same applies to whatever you want to create. If you were writing a book, for instance, you wouldn’t need an expensive fountain pen and a smooth paper to create a bestseller. In fact, J.K. Rowling wrote the first book of the Harry Potter Series on paper napkins. Imagine a person who has an expensive SLR camera but is a lousy photographer, or a woman who owns the latest laptop model with all the bells and whistles… but she can’t write at all. Truth is, a real artist will reduce the number of tools as he gets better at his craft because simply, he gets to know what works and what doesn’t. The same goes for innovation. Your brain is your best tool.
- Nothing works without a burning passion
What motivates you to get up every morning? What keeps your flame burning? What is the one thing that you’ll rather die for instead of living forever without accomplishing? Sometimes people with talent are overtaken by the people who want it badly. Think the hare and the tortoise. As Ellen Degeneres once said… “if you’re not doing something that you want to do, then you don’t really want to do it.” I could not agree more. Sometimes you just want something so badly that you become unstoppable regardless of your challenges. This is called passion. Passion will keep you going even when the going gets tough. Passion ignites creativity and innovation.
- Don’t worry about inspiration
No matter what you do, inspiration is something you cannot force. Inspiration will hit you when you least expect it, and you should prepare for those unpredictable and inevitable moments. These sparks of insight add innovation to your life. An idea could strike you on the shower or the subway, so never be caught without a sheet of paper to scribble down a thought that could change your life… or perhaps the world. To avoid losing your best inspiration or ideas, always have a pen and notebook within your arm’s reach… ALWAYS!
Practice these tips to get creative and add innovation to your life. Keep in mind that you’re doing these things for your own satisfaction and realization as a human being… not for anyone else. And don’t doubt yourself. Soon enough people will notice your innovative ideas, and everything will snowball for you from there.