When do you have your most amazing ideas? Walking the dog? Driving the car? In the shower?
Generally mine appear when I am doing something different i.e. not at my desk. Or at around 2am when I suddenly bolt upright from my sleep in confusion about what is real or just in my dream. The bedside notebook has come in very useful...
Ideas only become life changing if we make them into a reality and invite them in our lives.
How many times have you heard someone say ‘Oh, yes, I had this idea years ago to start my own x…./ invent the…./ travel to x…. but I’ve forgotten about it now as it never went anywhere.’ ...?
I know in my own life, I have had ideas in the past, that I have let just slip away, simply because I haven't pursued them and then, well, it seems too late.
I don’t want that for you. I want you to dream big and do the things you never thought possible. I want you to experience that frightened feeling in your bones and give it a go anyway. To be the exception. To be the example.
So, let's play a game. In an ideal world with no limitations, what do you want to create?
Write a book? Start a theatre company? Host a book club. Build something? Make a film. Combine your creativity and your career? Grow a business? Design your house? Invent something wonderful? Make extra money through your creativity? Create more time? Create more confidence?
Getting started and shifting our mindset into the gear of 'let's do this' is often the hardest move so here are 5 strategies to help you generate some ideas and hopefully inspire you.
Write down any initial ideas you have. Grab a huge piece of paper and let the pen run free. Don't limit yourself, scribble away- even if just a tiny seedling of an idea. Don't limit yourself in this creation stage, don't put obstacles in the way- simply move the ideas from your head onto the paper.
Have a think about an idea that has been bubbling in your head for a while. Maybe it is something you think about on a daily basis? Maybe it comes to you when you find yourself dream dreaming in the headspace of what if? Or maybe a new idea has just arrived in this moment. Find somewhere quiet and close your eyes. Start to focus in on your idea and begin to build up a picture in your head of what you would like to create. Place yourself in the picture and imagine yourself there. What can you see? What are you doing? How do you feel? Let you mind play around with this idea. Notice the small details and create the ideal picture in your head.
Write down what you have seen. Be very specific in your language. Start to recreate the picture. Find images that reflect your idea (pinterest is great for this) find music that inspires you or videos that move you. Imagine you are starting to put together all of the pieces of the jigsaw, so you can see the desired vision.
Ignore any negative mind chatter. ‘I would never have time’ ‘I don’t have the money’ or ‘I don’t have the confidence’. Switch the sentence around and ask ‘But what if I did?’ How much time do you need? Write a figure. How much money do you need? What can you do to increase your confidence.
Look for the answers you need. Tell someone. Order a book. Find someone who has done what you want to do already. How did they do it? Start to investigate further.
Don’t shelf your amazing ideas. You have had them for a reason. Don’t waste them.