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How to Keep Showing Up With Really Great Ideas


Most of us know someone who is never at a loss for inspiration. When an idea is needed, they will often find it. How do they do that?

Lifehack suggests some of the characteristics and qualities that go hand in hand with great ideas are ones that we could all use to get the ideas flowing.

Never hesitate to ask questions.

The most successful people I know always have the most questions. Instead of just accepting what is out there, they want to know why, where and when. Sometimes those questions prompt the answers that lead to fresh ideas.

Be open to the moment and ready to explore change.

Locking into the present can keep us from moving on to new ideas. It’s good to build and support a solid base, but at the same time we need to stay open to new concepts and new growth that may also write new chapters.

Be sure to do the work.

Drifting along and waiting for inspiration to strike just won’t cut it. Reading and researching, talking with people In your field, and actively searching for new contacts and resources takes time, but it can also provide new new material and new prospects.

Connect & Reconnect.

Be open to what’s out there. Different points of view, new people with different ideas, can help us challenge our own thinking. In the process, we find the new perspectives we need.

Say Yes More Than You Say No.

The most innovative people I know seldom say no when they are asked to try new things. They do not automatically embrace what is presented, but they are always willing to give new ideas a try.

Even If You Are Afraid, Keep Going

Sometimes it is easy to hesitate and assume an idea has been tried before, or may sound silly. But the people who often come up with the inspirations seem to go ahead anyway and put their thoughts out there. That’s the principle of brainstorming. Nothing is rejected when everyone is searching for answers. Often, right in the midst of all of those thoughts, something great pops out.

Be Open to New Sources.

If you think you know it all, you may block new information, new ways of seeing a project. Loosen up on your fixed positions and look around. You may be surprised at what you find.

Be open to help wherever you find it.

We all have close friends, relatives, co-workers, colleagues and community contacts. Keep them all in mind when you are looking for new answers. One person can sometimes bring up several other contacts. Look around, ask questions, and keep exploring. That’s where new ideas play.

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