The best way of generating ideas is to think about problems.
And the best way to think of problems is to set challenging goals.
When we have problems to solve, solutions will pop up.
Solutions are ideas.
The more problems we face, the more solutions we will come up with.
A marathon is 42km. Running it every month is equivalent to impossible for most.
1 month has about 30 days. Minus off the weekends we have 22 days. If we’ve just run 2km every weekday, we would have ran 44km.
We’d have even exceeded the distance of a full marathon.
Run a marathon every month using this method and you’ll be running 12 marathons in a year.
Because, why not?
Ideas are infinite. There’s no limit to them. They brought us to the moon and back. But why, at times, in fact most of the time, they appear to be so scarce?
Ideas grow. But they need an output in order to growth. Like a water tank with a tap at the bottom. If you don’t let them out, you can’t take in more of them.
An output such as writing them down, or even better, implementing them. Taking actions. Turning them into wonders.
Your mind is like a waterfall
flowing gushing with ideas. The only reason it’s stuck is because you have chosen to build a dam on it.
Imagination is our God given gift. One good one can change the world. And it is our duty to never stop imagining.
Keeping a journal is a lost art. 99.99% of people don’t keep a journal anymore.
But the benefits of journaling are aplenty. Firstly, we work so hard each day. Isn’t keeping a record of our daily activities something that’s deserved to be written down.
If we don’t record our thoughts, actions, and imaginations, they’ll simply get forgotten.
Also, when we put our thoughts on papers, we free up our mind for more ideas and creativity. And more. And then, even more.
Everytime we come up with a new idea, it’s of even higher quality and value.
If Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Tesla, and all the brilliance we have today started from a great idea, maybe it’s a good idea to encourage ourselves to generate some of them ourselves?
Are you the “quiet” type? The kind that can’t even string a few sentences together to save your life?
You stutter. You “him and haw” too often. You can’t think past the next few words you desire to express.
You get nervous when asked to express your views. You stand in front of a room of 5 and get weak in the knees instantly.
Have you ever heard Elon Musk speak? Yes, the guy who also happens to be currently the richest man on earth. He speaks exactly just like you.
Public speaking is a skill that can be improved. But the point is that you don’t need to wait till you are as eloquent as Earl Nightingale before you can start delivering your message.
Quiet people usually have an abundance of brilliance in them. They tend to keep their ideas to themselves only because of their own insecurities, especially when it’s required for them to stand on a platform to share their imagination with others.
But don’t ever let that fear stop you because your creativity could bring you the massive success that you have always quietly desired.