It’s a talent that everyone has, yet many think they don’t; the power of innovation. If you’ve ever marvelled at somebody’s creative prowess and felt like you couldn’t do the same. Guess what, you CAN create and innovate too.
It just takes time and practice, just like everything else. Everyone is born creative, we all have the tools within us to innovate. The box of crayons that you used in nursery school were not limited to those who possessed potential; they were there for everyone.
Think about how long it took to learn to ride a bike or drive your car. It’s the same with innovation. It takes a bit of practice and a lot of time before this skill comes easily and naturally.
This article will give you a few tips on how to bring innovation into your life.
Let go of any self limiting beliefs
Start from a position of strength In the words of Wayne Dyer, if when you believe it, you will see it. Believe that you are innovative, and give yourself a chance to explore what you might be capable of.
Follow the beat of your own drum.
Allowing for the input of other people will only bring cacophony to the music you are trying to make. If you have an original idea, don’t waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They won’t. And the help you will probably get comes in the form of negative feedback. Henry Ford has been quoted as saying that if he asked his customers what they would like, they would have replied ‘faster horses’.
Spend time on it.
I cannot stress that enough, although, please do not mistake this tip to tell you to quit your day job entirely. Do not. This involves some tricky time management but with a little discipline you’ll be able to squeeze both in.
Clear your mind
Exercise. Take a walk. Run a mile or two. Send all those endorphins coursing through your veins. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind and allows for anything to pop up.
Record your dreams
Aren’t some of them just the craziest things that your conscious mind would never have thought of? If you’ve had these dreams before, and I’m sure have, this only shows you the untapped innovative power you have lying within. So jot down those notes. Those dreams may just create an innovative spark in you.
Find your own style
You can always tell a Van Gogh from a Matisse. You’ll know Hemingway wrote something by the choice of words on the paper. It is the same with you. People will appreciate your innovation more because it is uniquely yours and that no one else would have thought of what you were thinking. That will let people see how valuable an asset you are.
Work with your passion
What wakes you up in the mornings? What keeps the flame burning? What is the one thing that you’ll die if you don’t do? Sometimes people with talent are overtaken by the people who want it more. Think the hare and the tortoise. Ellen Degeneres once said that if you’re not doing something that you want to do, then you don’t really want to do it. And that’s true. Sometimes you just want something so bad you become a virtual unstoppable. And that is passion. Passion will keep you going.
Don’t worry, relax
Don’t worry about inspiration. You can’t force it; inspiration hits when you least expect it to, for those unpredictable yet inevitable moments you should prepare. An idea could strike you on the subway, yet alas, you poor unfortunate soul; you have no sheet of paper to scribble down a thought that could change the world. Avoid these disasters. Have a pen and paper within your arm’s reach at all times.
I hope this article has helped you bring more innovation into your life. Keep in mind that these things take time and innovation is just a mental muscle that needs to be exercised to get stronger.