How does creativity lead to innovation?

Virtual reality can be a new way to inspire creativity leading to innovation.

 

 

Becoming more creative

You will find the right success path for you and achieve your goals easier with more creativity and innovation.

Creativity is the skill of making connections in your brain. It happens when your brain has the time to relax, think, reflect, plan and talk to itself about becoming more creative.

Often your mind seems to be blank and you become frustrated because you can’t find an answer, and so you give up, or worse start to worry. Creativity takes time.

The truth is a good challenge is exactly what you need to create your best innovations, so don’t be afraid, trust that your brain will kick into a creative mode sometime soon and assist you. Give your brain the time it needs to talk to itself.

 

Is that you intuition talking

People experience intuition in many ways. Some intuitions come in dreams, others are experienced through body sensations. Some people, report hearing an inner voice.

Listen to the super power of the mind you actually have. Utilise all your senses, taste, smell, sight, hearing and feelings, and look for the sizzle, not the sausage.

Intuition is one of those things that is often difficult to explain, but the more we explore it the more creativity seems to become apparent.

 

Like any other living thing, your brain needs feeding

Your brain needs something to help connect the dots that lead to good innovation. It needs inputs and the timing of your decisions is just as important as the decision you make to proceed with an innovation.

Innovation only come good when you have creative people around you to keep feeding your brain. The wider the gap between you and other creative people the more you will struggle.

Every day there is a ‘flooded river’ of information and knowledge flowing past your business called Big Data. This can be captured to feed your brain.

The most creative people have a wide range of interests and they read constantly. The more you read, travel and challenge yourself to try new things, the more you will fuel your creativity.

 

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”. Dale Carnegie

 

Build your own knowledge base

Every business, non-profit organisation and community have an abundance of unique information and knowledge. You have some of the best ideas on the planet right here in your own backyard waiting to surface.

If you create your own knowledge base you will be able to better manage your creative thoughts and leverage that information and knowledge to improve your efficiency and create a more profitable and sustainable organisation.

By gathering your unique information and knowledge into one place, your hunches, instincts, suspicions will start to ignite your creativity which will provide insights into the sort of things you could be doing to enhance innovation.

 

Channel your thoughts and ideas

Many people spend too much time worrying which is not good for creativity. Be conscious of your thoughts and as best you can put a stop to negativity. Negative situations and negative people are to be avoided as they fill your brain with mind traffic and ‘stuff’ that takes the place of positive thoughts.

Find your on/off switch and keep your thoughts focused on positive things you can action to keep you moving forward and upward. Living with worry only causes excessive stress which impedes your ability to be productive and can lead to burnout and other health issues. 

 

“Live out of your imagination, not your history”. Stephen Covey

 

Change the conversations you are having

Be open to creative inspiration at any time, from anywhere. Improve your networking with positive people and people who are willing to share their thoughts with you.

The biggest challenge many people have is not having a clear idea of what they want to create or innovate. You can start by creating a clear purpose vision and objectives of what you are trying to achieve and then starting to have new conversations.

The more you challenge yourself, the greater the potential for creativity since creativity expands when you’re talking to people, choose the conversations you have.

 

Find and utilise your most creative time

Your most creative time will be when you are fresh and relaxed. I find my time between 5 am and 8 am is my most creative time. I see that time as my time with no distractions, a time to let my creativity loose. I help it along by either writing in my journal, writing articles or working on a project.

While it may be difficult for you to schedule a regular time each day to be creative, you will find it worth the effort. It is difficult to turn on your creativity at the drop of a hat and you will find you can train your brain better if it too has a regular time slot in your life.

I have also found that if I give my brain a problem to solve while I’m asleep, it more often than not gives me the answer the next morning.

 

Artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence offers the potential for tremendous social and community benefits by making more use of our brain power. It will reshape the way we work, health and well-being, utilise energy, new forms of transportation, space exploration and nearly every other aspect of our lives.

I am excited about the possibilities and leverage capability of artificial intelligence and not worried about it. It will free us all from highly repetitive mindless repetitive work, and give us much more time for creativity and innovation across matters of more importance. I can’t wait.

Any technology that has the power to influence so many aspects of our lives is one that will call for some care in how best to make use of it. It would be foolish to ignore the dangers of AI entirely, but when it comes to technology, a ‘threat-first’ mindset is rarely the right approach.

 

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Personal Experience

People make life so much harder than it needs to be, simply because they don’t try to develop their creativity and look for new innovations.

I have watched many people solve their problems and frustrations and turn their lives around by focusing more on developing their creativity as the first step to innovation.

One of the things I learned when I first had cancer nearly 30 years ago, was to compartmentalise by thoughts. When you have a serious illness you have two choices, worry about it and the repercussions or do something about it.

I chose the latter and immediately started to practice changing my thinking and the conversations I was having and focusing on one thing at a time. If I had a negative thought I would immediately start thinking about something positive.

While it took a long time to perfect compartmentalising my thoughts it has been well worth it. It doesn’t mean you ignore negative thoughts, but rather limit the space they use up in your mind. As an old friend said to me once, “don’t let thoughts take up the Real Estate in your mind if they are not paying the rent”.

Be ready to catch good ideas and opportunities as they arrive. Often my best ideas will come unexpectedly when I’m driving, taking a shower, or talking to my grandchildren.  This is why I always carry my 3 x 5 index cards where ever I am.

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