It’s not always easy to be creative in business, however with a little practice even creating such things as spreadsheets can be very creative when you give it a chance. Most of the time, the creative process is not really as spontaneous as some people might wish it to be, and you can’t just sit around and wait for creativity to suddenly strike, creativity takes a little work and planning.
Brainstorm and Mind Map on a Regular Basis
It’s really easy to get caught up with your everyday business activities once you have your business flowing. But, you don’t want to rest on your laurels; it’s important to choose a regular time to brainstorm new ideas. It could be at the end of the month, before a new quarter, or any time that makes sense to you. The important thing is to take the time out to brainstorm and perhaps Mind Map new ideas.
Remember No Idea Is Dumb
While you’re brainstorming, keep track of the ideas that come to mind, and take the stance that no idea is a dumb idea. Sure, some ideas are wacky and may not work, but even a truly ridiculous idea can become genius if given half a chance. During brainstorming nothing whatsoever is off limits. If you put blocks in your way and start classifying things as dumb or wrong, you will not be able to let ideas flow freely and you might miss out on some awesome ideas.
Carry Out Research
Once you have a few ideas, it’s time to narrow them down and start doing some research. It’s important that you handle this process on your own. Don’t turn over the research at this stage to someone else. Instead, learn about your idea, test your ideas, and get feedback from others before you turn it over to your team as you have to own the idea first.
Take Time Out to Learn Something New
The exciting fact about learning is that you can learn new things and it will help you in all aspects of your life. What you choose to learn about today may have nothing whatsoever to do with your career or business, but it will open your mind to new possibilities. It’s important to always be involved with the learning process, whether it’s learning a new software program, or learning how to play a better game of golf … and I hope my wife reads this and understands that learning to play golf, helps me in all aspects of my life.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
It’s super easy to get caught up in our own comfort zone. This happens a lot to people who have their own business, and it also happens to CEOs. If you’ve surrounded yourself with a team, sometimes the team can get lazy and maybe even fearful of disagreeing with you about anything that you say or do. Invite new people into the fold on occasion, and get out of your office by going to a conference or something so that you can separate yourself from your inner circle enough to soak in new thoughts and ideas about the world and your particular niche.
Give Yourself Permission to Think Big
Dare to dream the big dreams about yourself and your business. If your mother did not tell you that you are capable of anything, then that’s too bad. Because, the truth is, your success or failure has almost nothing to do with your education, or even your abilities, it has to do with the ability to dream and think big, outside of the world you currently live and see the possibilities that are on the other side.
Those That Act Gets Results
Brainstorming, researching, learning and dreaming only go so far without actually doing something. So, someplace in the creative process should be a plan in which to take action. Actual steps that you need to do to see something through to fruition. It’s like anything else you do in life, if you don’t take the steps necessary to make it to your destination, you will never get there. That goes with getting fit, losing weight, starting a new business, and being more creative. You actually have to do things to get results.
It can be easy to get carried away doing everything and then when things aren’t going the way we want them too, it’s easy to give up. It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. With any idea that you come up with that you want to succeed in accomplishing, you should be willing to spend the 10,000 hours needed to see it through. If you do that, you will not fail.
Creativity isn’t a magic thing; it’s a thing that you plan to achieve. It’s the thing that will get you up every morning working your business so that you can experience the life of your dreams.