The Zen of Innovative Success
h3strongSo what is it that makes us innovatively creative?/strong/h3
h4strongAre you innovative and creative?/strong/h4
Let’s face it, that if you know anyone known for being quite creative, then they are most likely also seen in addition to being very creative, having more fun, able to create more buzz, and with more laughter in their life.
Looking at the trait from a physiological viewpoint, scientists define creative innovation as the regions of the brain communicating that under normal traits conditions, are not ordinarily connected. A crucial component or ingredient in the recipe of creativity and innovativeness is the essential ability to consider and develop alternative solutions, and this skill is known as ‘a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divergent_thinking” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”divergent thinking/a,’ which typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner, such that many ideas are generated and can be explored in a relatively short amount of time.
So, naturally the next question is just how does this type of thinking work? Let’s examine at how the idea of this post about creativity and innovation first suggested itself to me. I was visiting with a client at their martial arts business and watching some sparring practice and forms being executed with power and grace.
The client has proven quite successful at combining innovation, martial arts and business. During our conversation the client told me that they enjoy reading my blog and how multi-faceted business and the success it enjoys can be. Of course, the idea of a post about innovation and creativity instantly made itself known in my brain. You can see in this example how my brain connected different facts and actions: ‘martial artist’, ‘a great topic for a post’, ‘innovation and creativity,’ and business.
strongInnovation and creativity is a natural state of mind
Innovation and creativity isn’t something that either you have it or you don’t, but having it can greatly enhance your chances of being successful. Children don’t realize it but they are being creative when they ‘play.’ And most will agree that all children are pretty good at doing that! The next time you have a chance to observe children playing, whether your own kids or someone you know, notice how they make and change rules as the game or fantasy role playing progresses. It becomes a challenge to keep up with the level of creativity and innovation that flows during such activities.
As a result, we can say that being creative then is not something far, far away and difficult to achieve. It is in reality something natural that we need to re-discover within ourselves.
h4strongSuspend your judgment to be most innovative/strong/h4
Most people tend to suppress their creativity as they get older, because they don’t understand how to shut up or silence their thought-chatter. That is what the voice in your head tells when you attempt creativity and innovation, including things like, “That’s stupid!” or “This really is bad!” or “You’re just wasting your time!”
You’ve heard that voice before, right?
h4strongStimulate your creativity/strong/h4
One of the easiest, and yet most powerful creativity strategies you can make use of in the comfort of your home or in the office is simply this – emLook for the second right answer/em.
When most people have a problem, they unknowingly stop with the first right answer they discover. Now understand that approach is sufficient and acceptable for certain problems types of problems including mathematical ones that first comes to mind. But as is the case for the majority of problems, they have a range of answers, and if you stop searching after you find the first answer, then of course, all the great alternative answers will go completely undiscovered. So remember, if you look for the second, third, and even fifth right answer, you are more than likely to come across some really good creative choices for the answer.
Finally, here’s an example to help you understand: Pick up a pen and ask yourself, “What is it?” The first right answer might be a writing device. But now ask yourself, “What are the other right answers?” Don’t stop at the second one: It’s a pointer, a coffee stirrer, a telephone dialer, a weapon, a hole-punch, an emergency tracheotomy tool, and an advertising medium.
emNow it’s your turn!/em