What’s The Big Idea?
When was the last time you had a creative idea in your head? If you have an idea, about anything at all, a new business, a concept, a blog post, an idea for a book, ideas or suggestions at work, ideas for your own life, it doesn’t matter what it may be, always embrace it!
In the past, I used to dismiss my own ideas and because of that, many of the great ideas I did have, have now been long forgotten. At some point I started writing down my ideas and just leave them there. But now I am beginning to write them down and act on them.
All too often an idea might come to you, you tell someone about this idea and they will not give it the same enthusiasm that you initially did and as a result you can loose the passion and power of that idea. The first thing you should do when you have an idea is note it down!! Wherever you are, what ever you’re doing, STOP! If you’re driving, pull over! If you’re in a meeting at work, scribble it down as quickly as possible! If you’re on the loo, then keep repeating it to yourself out loud until you get the opportunity to write it down…just don’t forget to wash your hands!
Don’t tell anyone about the idea just yet. After you’ve written it down, think about it, how would it work? Will it be possible and is it feasible? Does it require Money? If so do I have the money to resource the idea now or could it be obtained from somewhere? Has anyone done it before? (Search Google) Just do some brainstorming and let the ideas just bounce of each other. If the idea isn’t an option right now, then keep it written down for later. If you think it is possible but you want the advice of a friend then go ahead and ask someone who is supportive but will also offer constructive feedback.
When pitching your ideas to people, keep your passion about the idea alive and believe in yourself but at the same time know that other people may not appreciate the idea in the same way you do or see it from the same angle. Present it as clearly and simply as possible and avoid bogging it down with complex language. Even if the other person doesn’t like the idea, that doesn’t mean that the idea doesn’t have potential. Look around and see if anyone has done anything similar, if not, you may have just discovered a niche market for yourself.
Most importantly: Believe in your ideas and keep the flow of ideas open at all times. The way to do that is to keep jotting the new ones down and building on them. If you keep dismissing your own ideas soon the flow will stop and you will have but up a barrier against your creative nature. No matter how strange or weird they may seem at first, give them a chance to bloom.
Every time an idea pops into your head, utter to yourself: “What a great idea!!”
“Creative ideas can be both tangible and non-tangible and and so you have grab each idea with both hands and cherish them all because you never know which will be your kingmaker.”