How exactly do you BE innovative in business?
I took a drive to Murwillumbah on the weekend to source some pretty-little-things for our new studio in Bilambil Heights. I took a wrong turn and found myself driving through cane field’s with the sun glistening on the Tweed River and Mount Warning guiding us with beauty and strength. My mind wondered and before long I had an epiphany. I’m not sure if it’s the repetitive act or the #wanderlust vibe but I find personally I get clarity driving. It feels like suddenly, without trying, I have that light bulb moment. I solve a pesky problem.
I ask you, where do you have moments of clarity, creativity or innovation?
In my network there are people who do this at the gym, surfing, cooking, yoga or through mindfulness.
When you have these moments do you actively work through the idea to it’s full potential? Or do you forget about it? Write in down?
I use to keep a notepad beside my bed for when I was suffering insomnia and I would write things down. This created a positive habit. I write notes EVERYWHERE. This has minimised my personal anxiety and stress. I no longer need a notepad next to my bed.
I always write down my ideas. Whether it’s hand written notes on my iPhone or saved on my computer. I like to accompany them with drawings and diagrams (because I’m a visual person) to ‘map out’ the idea. If I have time I will immediately do research.
Has this idea been done before? Is there a way to integrate it or improve on it? Who and what expense would be necessary to make this happen? I would typically spend a few hours on each idea. I then sleep on it for a few days. Then make a decision whether to move forward with it.
I ask myself the following questions:
1. Will it serve a purpose for my immediate goals? My long term goals?
2. Do I have the resources to follow through on this right now?
3. Does my intuition tell me it’s ‘MINE’ to follow through on? Or should I gift this to the universe and let someone else bring it to fruition?
Years ago this process was haphazard. I had no real direction. I thought I had spontaneous moments of creativity and innovation. Once you identify your unique process it becomes clear there is a way to promote innovation and creativity through your thinking and the way you act on it. I encourage you to play to your strengths. It’s not a negative. Be aware and prepared. Bring that notepad. Do it more regularly. And most importantly follow through on all ideas! You don’t want to live with regret or the ‘shoulda-coulda-woulda’.
Innovation is the simple process of solving a problem that exists.
The iPod SEEMED like a random innovative that was sprung upon a lucky individual. It wasn’t. It was a problem Steve Jobs had personally. He was working while grabbing a coffee with his disc man in tow. He become frustrated by the wires and having to change the CD. He identified the problem. He made an active decision to work through the problem and find a solution. He had the resources to follow through.
I encourage you to become aware of when inspiration pops up. Harness that goodness and keep on doing it!
Comment below with when and where light bulb moments happen for you?