Important Brainstorming Tips for Generating New Ideas

You want to think out of the box and create. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. As humans, we have the capacity to grow ideas into tangible, realistic achievements that help society and add value to our everyday lives. If you don’t believe me look around you.

  • Stores
  • Transportation
  • Sewage Systems
  • Locks and Keys
  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Music
  • People

It’s mind-blowing. All of these things probably began with a person sitting down and brainstorming ideas. If you’re asking yourself what is brainstorming? check out the previous link. But, how do people come up with such life-changing and helpful suggestions? The answer is simple. First, you have to want it.

They say necessity is the mother of invention.

Again, look around. Generating ideas becomes easier when you can target areas of difficulty in your everyday life. Use the following brainstorming tool to find places for improvement. Try to finish the following sentences:

  1. Things would be so much easier if…
  2. I wish there was a way to…
  3. Why doesn’t that thing just…

You can use other brainstorming sessions to uncover different areas, as well. Asking questions to yourself and others is another great way to continue generating ideas. Successful people come up with successful ideas. From the forward in the book Creating Your Own Destiny: How to Get Exactly What You Want Out of Life and Work by Patrick Snow, Brian Tracy explains some of the traits that separate those who make it from those who don’t:

“Successful people think differently than ordinary people do. Successful people are more positive and optimistic, more forward-looking and constructive, more focused on their goals and objectives… Successful people have clear, written goals, and every day they follow systematic plans to achieve these goals…”

It might sound silly at first, but taking a shower is another great way to get fresh ideas to flow.

When I was studying for my undergraduate degree at Emerson College, I often looked like a crazy lady silently running from the shower to my bedroom to keep from forgetting the great idea for a story or essay that popped into my head. Eventually, I decided to bring a notebook into the shower room with me, and I sometimes hopped out of the water to record important ideas that came while I was shampooing my hair. I’ve heard that something occurs with positive ions in the shower, and this is the reason for an increase in creative brain activity. My experience backs this up, and I would encourage anyone to give it a try. You never know when the next big thing will be born; it could very well be while you’re scrub-a-dub-dubbing.

Meditation isn’t just for yoga lovers.

Though brainstorming techniques are great for generating ideas, too much brainstorming has the ability to cloud your thoughts and have the opposite effect you desire. Clearing your mind of its clutter is a great way to create space for brand new thoughts and associations. Meditation is a great way to get your mind ripe for brainstorming. Take a few minutes to ground yourself by closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. Burning incense is a nice touch, and if you have a spiritual connection, you can use this time to ask for guidance. If you do not follow a spiritual philosophy, you can still meditate on clearing your mind to prepare to think out of the box.

You can always use these other brainstorming methods to find areas of improvement:

  1. Read avidly.
  2. Watch television.
  3. Observe life.
  4. Talk to other people.

Being an inquisitive person is one of the best ways to open your creative self up and discover ideas. It’s best to soak in life, yours and others’, and keep your eyes and ears open for potential opportunities to help. The world is a more efficient place because of the ideas of successful people. With these tips, you could uncover the answers to some of life’s toughest questions.

For more posts and related articles by Sara Kosmyna.

What are some of your favorite brainstorming activities? Do you have any tricks for generating ideas?

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One Comment

  1. Laura
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Amazing topic! Cant wait to use these tips!

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