In the past week I’ve had several people tell me of their aspirations to create something, whether a new product or service, a book, a new business. If you have a dream and want to know how to turn it into reality, here are five ways to cultivate your idea.
Creative thinking and innovation is hard anywhere, but especially so in an institution that turns daily practices into sacred rituals. Church innovation in particular isn’t for sissies. Here are seven encouragements from the man who changed a tradition 1900 years strong. As with many creative inspirations, it began with frustration.
Eureka moments don’t happen to the madcap lone genius in his studio. The myth of the blinding flash isn’t helpful because it persuades us to not do the daily work. The way to overcome this myth is through Input. Make daily exposure to new ideas part of your creative routine. Your mind cannot sift and recombine ideas—a process known as “Incubation”—if you don’t first put in the hard work of giving it new material to work with.
The myth of the right brained thinker isn’t helpful because it suggests that we’re either hard wired for creativity or we’re not, and also because it suggests that the only kind of creativity is that which is related to artistic expression. Creativity is just as possible in electrical engineering as it is in songwriting or the culinary arts. Every one of us is capable of creative ideas.