We are all madly creative! I truly believe this although not everyone has developed this skill yet. I’m sure you’ve got a few great ideas yourself about stuff around you right? Ideas that just pop up out of the blue and really hit the jackpot in your thoughts?
Have you ever had the notion to ACT upon one of those ideas? To make way for a particular idea that could change your life? If you have, please read on as I want to give you a simple insight that could answer whether you should start the realization of your idea or not.
Looking For Ideas: Its Human Nature
We are all constantly looking for ideas, even when we don’t realize it. Simply because our brains have developed in such a way we can overcome obstacles and find answers. It’s in our DNA. Most of us can’t live without knowing the answer to an interesting question. We want to explore and find a way to unravel mysteries in order to grow our intellect and act upon future challenges with a greater chance of success. This is idea generation in its purest form.
We generally come up with plain and straight forward ideas that are the most logical ones to a problem or question we face. But if you train this idea generation process even more you’ll notice that you’ll come up with more ‘out of the box ideas’. Especially if you bring in extra obstacles and take time to brainstorm. You are then in a way forced to be creative. You’ll be surprised how creative you really are right then. And you’ll automatically become an ideas person!
Looking For Ideas At Work
Now lets take this to the next step: the business you work in. I’m assume you work in a certain business you like or felt drawn to. You might be working in an office or maybe you’re a self employed freelancer or maybe you started your own company. No matter in what kind or work situation you are now, it is clear that you fill up your day time mainly with the work you do right? This must be great place to be in then! A place where you feel free to create, explore and evolve yourself while doing the things you love most. Right? If you don’t agree here, let’s try to get you into the right direction.
As I said earlier, you are an ideas person from the day you where born. We think of many personal ideas in life we could cultivate. At work this same fact applies. We are constantly looking for ideas to solve problems and bring the business we work in to a next level. But when it comes to generating ideas at your job it is crucial that you really like the work field you are generating these ideas for. For example, if you are a house broker and you love to find the perfect house for your clients you probably won’t like to solve the crime issues within the neighborhood that house stands in. Those problems will be solved with ideas by another person who likes THAT particular niche.
Finding Happiness in Business
I strongly believe that the meaning of live is ‘being happy’ (apart from the biological reasons we got from mother nature). As we spend a lot of time at work, happiness in business becomes a very important factor. When we’re looking for new ideas at work we’re at the first shackle of a huge idea development process chain. This chain is a realization process that often becomes a damn tough ride! You will come across many hurdles that will set you back and cost you money and energy. You will need a clear plan of action and strategy to eventually succeed without being broke or getting depressed.
I’ve brought the story down to one basic question and answer:
QUESTION: How do you know if you should say YES or NO to the realization of an idea?
ANSWER: You should have a strong passionate attraction to the niche work field your idea is in. More practically, in order to reach happiness in business by deciding upon the realization of an idea, you need to ask yourself one single question:
“Will this decision make me happy?”
Because if it will, this ever present ‘happiness’ will be your driving force during a tough development process. Even when you have to do stuff you very much dislike doing. It sounds so simple, but there are many out there who still skip this crucial moment of reflection. Of course not all decisions can make you happy. I specifically mean the top line decisions that deal with the main pillars/projects in your career.
If the moment is there to decide, ask yourself that question out loud. See how you feel when you do so and do it again, once every day for a week. By asking it out loud you will in a way ‘materialize’ your thoughts.
If the answer is ‘no’ your quest in looking for ideas isn’t over yet. But I’m sure you will find the right idea soon enough.
(post image by Graphéine)