💡 New Ideas ~ Do You Know the Difference Between a Good Idea and a Great Idea?

The Difference Between a Good Idea and a Great Idea

Good ideas come along all the time and help people solve minor problems in work and daily life. Great ideas appear a little less frequently and require a little more work to execute. Great ideas aren’t necessarily the result of highly-paid think tanks or drug-induced vision quests in the desert. Often they are unexpected moments of inspiration that help keep the napkin companies in business. The big challenge of generating great ideas is freeing yourself from the conventional, mundane thoughts that occupy most of your brain time.


💡 New Ideas ~ Looking for a New Idea

Connect with People New to You

When you meet and chat with new people, whether online or offline, you’re exposed to new ways of thinking. You’re also able to restructure and reframe your own experiences. You may find that when you describe a current challenge to someone who doesn’t know you well, you come up with some great ideas for solutions.


💡 New Ideas ~ Sketching Ideas Brings Ideas to Life

Draw Your Ideas to Generate More Ideas

Can’t draw? That’s OK. Symbols and stick figures work well. This article Hand-Sketching: Things You Didn’t Know Your Doodles Could Accomplish encourages hand-sketching to externalize your ideas. Try it. Many creative people doodle, often without realizing that they’re doing it. You can doodle deliberately to generate fresh ideas from combinations of ideas.



💡 New Ideas ~ Seeking A Breakthrough Idea?

Generate Ten ideas Every Day

The simplest, and yet the best way to generate great ideas is to generate LOTS of ideas. Out of quantity comes quality. Pick a topic each day. Then, generate ten ideas on that topic, off the top of your head. Don’t think about it too much. Just make a list from one to ten, then jot down your ideas. Keep all your ideas. You’ll be amazed at the results. We’re all creative. Sadly, mostly we ignore our creative intuitions. When you set out to deliberately generate a flow of ideas each day, you’ll strengthen your idea-generation muscles.


💡 New Ideas ~ Keep an Idea Journal

Keeping an Idea Journal is a Good Idea

Just Don’t Jot Down Everything

If you tried to write down all 50,000 thoughts that enter your mind every day, you’d never get anything done. After you have your recording devices in place, you need to decide what’s worth remembering. Most of your thoughts are just mental chatter, but there will be a few gems worth noting. Write down any thought that breaks from traditional thinking. If it’s different from the way most people approach a topic, you may want to remember it.


💡 New Ideas ~ Looking for the Aha Moment?

Catching the Aha Moment

If you sit down with the intention of forcing ideas out of your head, you probably won’t succeed. You can’t pull out a notebook and expect your brain to deliver the same types of thoughts you had in diffused mode. . . . Instead of staring at a blank page, the key is to do something else. Go for a walk, or have a cup of coffee. Choose something that requires minimal mental or physical effort. Keep a recording tool, such as your notebook, with you but out of sight. As long as your notebook is out of sight but within reach, you’ll free your brain from its focused stat.


💡 New Ideas ~ Your Mind is Always Working on Ideas

Ideas Are Already in Your Mind

A person has an average of 50,000 thoughts per day]. That’s an impressive number that should translate into an abundance of ideas. Now, sit down and try to recall what you’ve thought about today.


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