5 Ways to Transform Brilliant Creative Ideas Into Reality

5 Ways to Transform Brilliant Creative Ideas Into Reality

Did you ever feel drained of ideas and want to get back in bed and pull the covers over your head? If this type of depletion happens, and it happens to all smart entrepreneurs, pay attention to that message of overload. Get back in bed.

Yup, take the rest of the day to rest.

You say you can’t do that. Too much on your plate. Think of it this way. If you get a really, I mean really, really bad toothache, do you keep working or call the dentist for an emergency appointment.

You know the answer.

So, when nothing is happening but the same old stuff and you feel like you are running on empty the first way to re-engage your creative side is to relax.

OK, maybe not taking the whole day off, at least an hour will do. And during that hour do nothing. No checking your phone or even talking to someone. Just chill.

Research done at The University of Virginia by Dr. Timothy Wilson in 2014, wanted to answer the question about what people will do when they have true alone time. The study had people in a quiet lab room for anywhere from 6-15 minutes. They had a choice. Relax with their thoughts or push a button to get an electric shock.

Stop a minute and answer, what would you do?

The results showed that 67% of the men and 25% of the women chose the shock button rather than sitting and being quiet, thinking and relaxing.

OK, first step in activating new creative thoughts is to relax, to learn to relax.

We are running so fast we have lost the art of being still, of reflection. Learn to meditate, read a book on mindfulness. One of the best books today is by my friend Chade-Meng Tan, who recently retired from Google. His book Joy on Demand, is truly a joy to read. And will help you with this first step to extreme creativity.

The next way to drive your creativity quotient through the roof is to seek out new ideas and adventures. Do something, anything that is new and different from your routine ways of living. If you’re normally a beach person, go to the mountains. If you’re a city lover, find a small town and spend a few hours exploring there. If you only read business books, get a racy novel. You have the idea.

Next is really vital and rarely done. Seek out those with conflicting ideas and listen. Go to a meeting set up to support the candidate you like least. Just listen. Find a lecture, in person or online, that seems oddball or a waste of time. Yes, it may be. However, it will get you to think in new ways and isn’t that what creativity is all about.

Now, for the fourth suggestion. Find at least 45 minutes or more, and start to either write out ideas or use crayons and paper to draw your thoughts. Stay with it. Set a timer if you need and don’t give up till the time is over. This is a great way to rev your engine to get into the flow state.

Now, relax.

Here is the list. Put it near your computer or on the bathroom mirror. Creativity is in you and here is how to access it effectively.

  1. Relax
  2. Seek out new ideas and adventures
  3. Find opposing perspectives and situations and just listen
  4. Get into the zone through art and writing
  5. Relax

Creativity is in every one of us and for busy entrepreneurs it is crucial to romancethis part of yourself to stay at the top of your game.


5 Ways to Transform Brilliant Creative Ideas Into Reality


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Creative slumps: 5 ways to snap out of it

Everybody hits a dry spell now and then. Here’s how to get the ideas flowing again.

  • Take a field trip
  • Do something physical
  • Get other people talking
  • Use all five senses
  • Talkback

Creative slumps: 5 ways to snap out of it – Fortune.

15 incredible ‘Aha!’ moments

The brilliance behind the big ideas.

How do you come up with new business ideas?

See how other great inventors, famous founders and super successful people got inspired and came up with the ideas they’ll go down for in history in the infographic below:

15 Incredible ‘Aha!’ Moments.

How to Come Up With an Idea for a Business


How do you start the business idea process?

First, take out a sheet of paper, and across the top, write “Things About Me.” List five to seven things about you—things you like to do or that you’re really good at, personal things (we’ll get to your work life in a minute). Your list might include: “I’m really good with people, I love kids, I love to read, I love computers, I love numbers, I’m a problem solver.” Just write down whatever comes to your mind; it doesn’t need to make sense.

On the other side of the paper, list things you don’t think you’re good at or you don’t like to do. Maybe you don’t like to meet new people or you’re really not that fond of kids or you don’t like public speaking or you don’t want to travel. Don’t overthink it.

When you’re finished, ask yourself: “If there were three to five products or services that would make my personal life better, what would they be?” Determine what products or services would make your life easier or happier, make you more productive or efficient, or simply give you more time.

Next, ask yourself the same set of questions about your business life. Also examine what you like and dislike about your work life as well as what traits people like and dislike about you.

Finally, ask yourself why you’re seeking to start a business in the first place. Then, when you’re done, look for a pattern (i.e., whether there’s a need for a business doing one of the things you like or are good at).

How to Come Up With an Idea for a Business.

Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days

Practically every company innovates. But few do so in an orderly, reliable way. In far too many organizations, the big breakthroughs happen despite the company. Successful innovations typically follow invisible development paths and require acts of individual heroism or a heavy dose of serendipity. Successive efforts to jump-start innovation through, say, hack-a-thons, cash prizes for inventive concepts, and on-again, off-again task forces frequently prove fruitless. Great ideas remain captive in the heads of employees, innovation initiatives take way too long, and the ideas that are developed are not necessarily the best efforts or the best fit with strategic priorities.

Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days.

Four Ways to Innovate Through Analogies

Many of the most important breakthroughs in history—including the printing press, the theory of evolution, the airplane, the assembly line and the computer desktop—were developed through the use of key conceptual analogies.

That’s because analogy is much more than a linguistic device; it’s a fundamental way of thinking. To make an analogy is to make a comparison that suggests parallels between two distinct things, explicitly or implicitly. And those who are most nimble at seeing parallels and connections, rather than just obvious differences, compete best.

Here are four rules for innovating through analogy:

  1. Question conventional analogies
  2. Explore multiple analogies
  3. Look for diverse sources
  4. Simplify

Four Ways to Innovate Through Analogies.

Creating a Culture Where the Best Ideas Win

It all starts with culture. That’s when you can feel and sense — in the absence of authority — whether you are aligned with the company’s core values and guiding principles.

Creating a Culture Where the Best Ideas Win.