Creativity is not an elusive thing, even though it might feel like it sometimes. That next big idea might be right under your nose. You just have to find it.
Looking in places you don’t normally look is where you’ll find fresh creative ideas – the ability to connect the seemingly unconnected. I love the word serendipity, which means the ability to make desirable discoveries by accident. Like a chance event that becomes beneficial.
I used to ask my kids the “what if” question. What if you took the escalator instead of the stairs at the mall? Would your life take a different path as a result? What if you stopped and spoke to that stranger instead of walking by? How would that change you? What if you were ten minutes early for an appointment? Who would you meet – or not meet – as a result? The purpose for asking those questions was not to drive my children nuts, although they would have disagreed, but rather to encourage them to think about their actions. Even the ones that didn’t seem to have any importance at all. I wanted them to see things differently. To shake up those stiff mental habits that tend to keep all of us locked in the status quo.
Be curious about new ideas and interesting people. Seek out and learn from others. Develop lots of interests and hobbies. Consciously shake up old routines. Ask the “dumb questions”. Hang around with weird people who are outside your usual circle of friends. There is so much value in maintaining a beginner’s mind.
Of course, you’re welcome to continue on the way you are. Same old, same old.
But why would you want to?