Training Your Mind to be Innovative
Everything is a lot easier to accomplish when you have the right mindset for it. In fact, having the proper mindset for the upcoming challenge is almost essential if you plan on conquering it or emerging victorious on the other end.
Likewise, for being innovative there exists a proper mindset too. There is more than one component that makes up this innovative mindset so let’s have a look at them.
Without a doubt the first component of the innovative mindset is curiosity. Only a problem which you are curious about would compel you to come up with an innovative solution to it. Hence, don’t forget to keep that inner kid alive and never stop questioning!
If you feel like reprimanding yourself for wasting too much time just thinking about doing something innovative, don’t beat yourself up about it because you are on the right track! The more you daydream, or as we like to call it, “visualize” the innovative solution, the more it becomes likely that that flash of insight might strike you.
And before you know it, you have yourself an innovative idea to work with!
3: Learn as Much as You Can:
When we talk about learning we don’t always mean sitting in a classroom being schooled by an instructor. Learning is both formal and informal. From books, to people and abstract concepts like time can all teach you lots of things.
Try to retain as much as information as you can. And if you have trouble doing that you can always maintain a journal of sorts where you can make notes to note down all the important life lessons life has taught you. You never know when you might have to pull one lesson out and use it as a basis for your innovative solution.
This is a continuation of the 3rd point. Learning can also be observational. An innovative mindset thrives on naturalistic observations. By paying attention to how people act in their natural habitats can also help stimulate the innovative spirit inside you.
5: Exist in the Present:
This one is particularly difficult especially in the times we exist. For thinking innovatively we must think by connecting our minds only to the problem at hand and nothing else. We all are guilty of sipping our morning coffee while scrolling through our social media accounts to say “updated”.
Learn the art of detachment and use it to detach yourself from everything that can potentially distract you from the problem you wish to innovatively solve.
6: Don’t be Afraid of Taking the Road Less Traveled:
The road less traveled, the extra mile or whatever you want to call it is never crowded.
Nobody wants to go there because it seems like too much work. And this is why you should definitely go there because there is a chance that that innovative solution you are looking for is lying somewhere there…