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How to Create New Ideas

CutOutofIconR Ideas are illusive yet they are the lifeblood of growth, both professionally and personally. Any small  business owner or entrepreneur who can create and act on new ideas is generally quite happy and successful.

But many people don’t really know how to go about creating new ideas.

The process is simple as long as you don't complicate it with rational analysis.

Here are the simple steps to follow to create new ideas consistently.

Start by realizing that brilliant ideas come to you every single day. The problem is that they are generally not ideas you need in that moment, so you brush them aside.

Ideas are fickle. Brush them aside and they are gone forever. 

When you have an idea you find inspiring, jot it down. I personally like to use 3X5 cards or a journal to capture ideas. For today’s blog post, I captured the idea on 3X5 card a few weeks ago and used it today.

What about the times you need a new idea or a solution to a problem but you don’t happen to have previous inspired ideas to draw from?

Those times when you have to create an idea. Here’s how.

With 3X5 cards or your journal ready, start from a calm state of mind. Sit quietly with your eyes closed and your feet planted firmly on the ground.

Breathe in deeply through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Breathe in and out 3 to 5 times to relax and clear your mind.

Once you feel relaxed, focus your mental attention to the area just behind your breast bone. Then envision a scene at a place that is personally meaningful to you.

See this place in your minds eye. Experience yourself in the scene by noticing the details of your surroundings. Enjoy the experience of your mental trip.

Don’t think about the problem you’re trying to solve or the fact that you want to create an idea. Just be with yourself in a place that has meaning to you. Continue to notice the details and the experience of being there.

Once you are comfortable in your personal mental space ask out loud for ideas that will help you create ___(the outcome you desire) or for an idea that will help you solve ___ (problem).

Ask for this solution 3 to 5 times.

As long as you’re not trying to think of ideas and are just allowing ideas to surface you’ll be struck with one or more ideas. Write them down as they come to you.

Once you feel complete with the exercise, mentally return to your present surroundings and review your ideas.

Pick the one that resonates with you most and act on it. Amazingly, you’ll find this new idea will be focused and generally very effective.

The reason it works is because you shut down the chatter of the work-a-day-world mind and tap into the creative resource of your personal brilliance.

The quiet mind can work wonders but only when you allow its voice to be heard.

What do you mean when you say "I can't"

IStock_000003222920XSmall In any aspect of your life, you may have thought at one time or the other that you cannot accomplish something.

So you say, "I can't ____ (fill in the blank)."

But when you say "I can't" what are you really saying?

You maybe saying "I choose not to." Or, "I choose not to take the time to figure this out."

You may even feel (but NEVER admit) "I'm afraid to do _____."

Fear stops us all the time.

The way to recognize when fear is stopping you is to be aware of what you are really saying when you say the two simple words, "I can't."

Your brilliance will shine when you allow it to. And fear will block your brilliance every single time you don't.

5 Keys of Focused Small Business Productivity

IStock_000003927064XSmall You’ll find it very hard to be more productive if you’re spending time worrying about being more productive.

Keep it simple instead. Focus on what you want in your business and then become aware of what you are doing every day. Then analyze and modify as needed.

Here’s the process to follow to improve your small business productivity focus.

Begin keeping track of how you spend your time each day.

Have a yellow pad and pen by your side if you prefer to jot down notes or open an Excel sheet or Word doc to keep track of what you do throughout the day.

Don’t make it hard or complex.

Just jot down what you’re going to do before you start doing it throughout the day. Actual time spent: 15 seconds or less.

At the end of the day label each of the tasks you completed as either:

  1. Marketing
  2. Sales
  3. Client project
  4. CRM
  5. Other

Marketing items are time spent developing materials that attract interest to you and your brand.

What did you do to make sure your niche market can learn about you?

Sales items are things you did that are directly related to driving revenue production.

What did you do to actually make money?

Client project is actually fulfilling client work. 

CRM means “Client Relationship Management.”  What did you do to keep top-of-mind awareness in your product or service category with existing clients?

Other is something you did that wasn't sales, marketing, CRM or client project related. How did that “Other” task help you reach your revenue production or business goals?

At the end of the week add up each of the 5 key categories and analyze how productive each working day actually was.

Keep in mind that:

Marketing is required if you hope to drive sales. But without sales activity revenue will never be produced. There has to be a balance with an emphasis toward sales.

Working on client projects is the point of being in business. To remain in business, however, you need to continue to nurture a strong bond with existing clients.

And what about that tricky “Other” category?

How many “Other” tasks did you do this week? What was the point of those tasks? Did they help you get to where you want to be in your business and life?

Productivity always starts with awareness. Then focused action turns awareness into profit.

If you’re not allocating your time properly there’s help.

90 Minute Time Manager was designed to teach entrepreneurs how to control time for in a direct and specific way.

Simpleology is my personal secret weapon for staying focused and accomplishing the most important priorities first every day.