The Power of Innovation
Learning to be innovative can be one of the most powerful skills you can learn. When asked about creativity, or the ability to be innovative, unfortunately, a lot of people have a false belief that they simply lack this skill. “no sorry, hahaha, that’s simply not me. I missed that gene.”
The truth is that the ability to be creative or innovative is a talent that is inherent in all of us. It is something we can all learn. Like learning a new language, it takes new knowledge and practice.
I’m sure we all know people who we think are creative or innovative.
We have all watched friends or family come up with amazing ideas that have blown us away, so to speak. Yet, at the same time, we have a judgement about ourselves, that we would never be capable of something really creative. It may be a work of art, a book, building something etc., We can marvel at other people, all the while labelling ourselves as being unskilled or lacking this creative ability.
Being Innovative Can Be Learned
It’s a really powerful change in mindset to learn that anyone can learn to be creative and innovative. Like anything, it’s a learned skill. It’s another mountain of connections in your brain that simply was never developed. You need to understand that you can learn this skill. My friend-It just takes knowledge, time and practice.
Creativity is not a gene that skips generations or families. In actuality, everyone is born capable of being creative. Remember when you were a young child in your first days at school. The boxes of crayons in kindergarten were not limited only to those children who were deemed to possess extraordinary potential.
You want to know why? The truth is, everybody has potential.
Remember when you were young and you wanted to learn to ride a bike. After all, your friends were doing it so why not you. Or you wanted to fit in.
Did you ever for second label yourself as not being capable or able to ride a bike?. Where do the same as all the kids in new that you also could learn the skill? Or did you say, oh no I can’t do that!
To continue the analogy, did you make mistakes when you learn to ride a bike? Did you fall off, or fall over or have trouble getting going? There are lots of mistakes you can make when learning to ride a bike? Did you keep going!
How about when you got older? Did you, like most people learn to drive a car? If you did, as you reflect back on the first time that you drove, did you just hop in the car and all of a sudden you were Enzo Ferrari? Ha, Not likely!
Both of the processes of learning to ride a bike or drive a car required some really basic steps:
- The first requirement is passion and desire. To be passionate about what you want to create or do.
- Next, you will need to up your knowledge level. If you want to learn something, there are likly lots of places you can find the information you seek, especially these days.
- The next step requires taking action. But action by itself is not enough. You also have to be willing to make mistakes. You will come to find out that the so called mistakes will become your greatest teacher.
- Most of all you will need to continue to practice your new skill. Eventually it will become second nature for you.
It takes time for your brain to take in the skill set and make it available to you unconsciously.
Tips and Tricks to Master the Innovation Skillset
First, it’s important to get clear about what you want or what you want to create. I say this with a caveat that you also have to be flexible. What I learned myself is it’s important to have the goal but also to be flexible enough to realize that as you get going your goal can or will likely morph for the better. This will occur as a byproduct of incorporating new ideas that you learn along the way
First being “realistic” is relative. It can vary greatly from person to person. What might be realistic for one person could be a walk in the park for someone else. It’s also easy to underestimate your own capabilities. Basically, don’t try flying a plane without training!
Understand that learning a new skill or mastering something new simply takes time and practice. Be easy on yourself. You can make a game out of the learning process. Understand that it’s not going to be like flipping a switch. Being creative or innovative takes time and practice.
I will give you a personal example.
A couple of months ago I had never written a blog post. To be really frank with you, my first post was awful, (haha, okay a few of them.) I didn’t understand anything about creating blog posts. In the first while, I made tons of mistakes and I just kind of babbled on. I also didn’t know anything about SEO, creating headings, how to break up paragraphs etc. etc. etc.
Simply by starting the process, writing the first post AND keeping going, it got better and better and easier and easier over time.
Understand that even people who seem to be geniuses at creating things had to start somewhere and they also made lots of mistakes. You might see great results but remember that it is likely the result of 100 tries (or more).
Manage Your Time
Allocate time to learning this new skill. Don’t expect amazing results overnight. Just like riding a bike, it’s going to take practice and repetition. To do this, you have to allocate the time you need to practice your new skillset. If you really want to master this skill set make sure you allocate the needed time to develop your inner capabilities.
Check out our post on ways to manage time Here
Focus on Your Own Counsel:
This one is incredibly important and is especially critical at the beginning stages of your learning curve.
What I’m saying by this is that it is really important that you listen to yourself the most! You must really own what you creating! As a result, it’s important, especially when you start out, to make yourself your number one source for feedback. There are a million critics out there who have a better or different way of doing things. If its important, the natural learning curve is going to lead you to the information. Give yourself some slack and allow this to take its course.
Yes, some of the things others have to say are important and are likely some things that you will need to incorporate. Trust yourself and that you will get there. If you take on everything people say you can quickly get both discouraged and overwhelmed.
Don’t listen to what other people say, especially people who are really critical! Most people will not appreciate what you doing or the amount of effort that you are putting into what you’re creating. Some people will just be focused on critiquing your efforts. Again, this criticism can unintentionally stop you in your tracks. Know that the other person might mean well but they likely don’t understand that for someone creative, there so called “constructive feedback” that can undermine your determination.
Other People Aren’t in Your Shoes
Other people have no idea what you’re going through the efforts that you’re really putting in. If you have an original idea, don’t waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They won’t. They are not you with your dreams and visions. And the help they try to give you will probably come in the form of negative feedback – don’t do this, you need to do this, that etc. . If all of the really amazing creators in our history listened to their peers, we would probably still be riding horses and using the telegraph.
When I started writing this blog I got all kinds of feedback and most of it wasn’t very positive. For the most part if focused on what I “should” be doing, or what I was doing wrong. Over time I found the comments negatively affected my motivation. To keep going, I had to listen less, learn what I needed and rely on myself more and more only. I also was benefiting greatly from learning from the so-called mistakes I was making as they were leading me to skills that I needed to learn.
Take Care of Your Health
If you really want to be successful, it’s really important you support yourself by making your health a priority. Take care, both of your body and your mind. Adopt a healthy diet and also get lots of exercises that are suited for your age and condition.
Plan your day and make sure there’s time for exercise. Personally, I walk between 7 & 10,000 steps every day and I also eat lots of healthy food like salads, fish, avocadoes etc. Exercise and diet help to send all those wonderful endorphins coursing through your veins. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind and allows for anything to pop up. It will also help you to sleep better, something that is so important to creativity.
A Side Note: Silva Mind Control
I would like to share something that has really helped me. A little while ago I stumbled onto the Silva Mind Control program. I think it was meant to happen as ironically, the book had been sitting on my shelf for years and one day it just fell off and landed on my foot. It was as if something was trying to get my attention.
I would like to share that the more I looked into this program, the more I found that what they share is really powerful.
The Silva information is about teaching people to fully and properly use their brains. Silva discovered that people are actually way more creative when they are in a relaxed state of mind. Silva discovered that really successful people got some of their best ideas when they were in were in Alpha or Theta mind frequency states, a by-product of relaxation. This is in contrast to the state most people operate in – the Beta frequency 12 – 30 cycles per second) state that most people operate in.
One of their exercises focuses on the creativity that we are capable of when we sleep. The program teaches people to tell themselves prior to falling asleep that they want to remember their dreams. They instruct people to keep a pen and paper handy.
People write down their thoughts quickly when they wake no matter what time it is. It’s amazing what the mind can do. So try this and jot down those notes. Those dreams may just create an innovative spark in you.
You can find more information on Silva programs here
If you want to know more about brain states and frequencies GO HERE
Always Be Yourself!
It is really important that you follow who you are, not who you think other people want you to be. Don’t try to be anyone else and follow someone else’s dream. This is one of the big problems these days with all these gurus trying to sell you overpriced courses with lots of promises. For the most part, you’ll do way better if you find your own path and simply take lots of action. Instead of trying to copy somebody else, you need to find your own style.
You can always tell a Rembrandt from a Matisse. If you read a certain author over and over again you can start to recognize their own style. Same as with the people that excel in sports, – they develop their own way of doing things allows them to rise above the crowd.
People will appreciate your innovation more and more over time as they will appreciate your uniqueness. Who else has your exact style – Nobody! That will let people see how valuable you are and what you are providing.
You Don’t Need Expensive Props to Be Innovative
Don’t hide behind expensive toys, tools or crutches. You don’t need the most expensive computer or software to accomplish most tasks. You don’t need the best paper to write a book. You don’t need the most expensive paints to create a masterpiece. As a side note, J.K. Rowling wrote her first book of the Harry Potter Series on bits of tissue.
Likewise, you don’t need the best camera to take amazing pictures, Understand that this will come in time when you hone your skills. The real artist actually reduces the number of tools he has as he gets better at his craft: as they know through experience what actually works and what doesn’t.
Understand Your Passion And Follow It
Few people ever excelled without having a lot of passion for what they were doing. So, it’s time to think about what is it that drives you passionately:
- What wakes you up in the mornings?
- What keeps coming up in your mind?
- What do you think about before you go to sleep?
- What books, magazines, TV shows are you pulled to?
- When you go online, what do you search for? What are the websites you go to over and over again and why?
- What is the one thing that you’ll die if you don’t do?
Sometimes people, even with talent are overtaken by people who simply “want it more.” It’s like a human version of the “the tortoise and the hare? Sometimes you just want something so badly that you become virtually unstoppable. And that is a result of having passion. Passion will keep you going when others would stop.
Don’t Worry About Looking For Inspiration – It Will Find You.
You can’t force it and you won’t have to if you have passion. As a result, inspiration will show when you least expect it to, but many times when you need it the most. If you have passion and are working on something that drives you, know that inspiration is going to show up! It just may take a while as you may need to learn something to help you.
Yes, you may or are going to go through droughts where it seems like nothing is happening. It is during these times that the mind can play many tricks on you. I can even try to get you to stop what you are doing and tell you lots of stories to support this mindset.
Understand that this is all part of the process. Also know that an amazing idea could pop into your mind anywhere, at any time and you need to be prepared for this. It’s even more prevalent when you are in times of calmness.
As a side note, one of my greatest moments of motivation and creativity occurs when I am relaxed, lying in the bathtub. In times like this, I can really calm myself and especially my brain as it slides into Alpha. All of a sudden, an amazing and transformational idea pops into my head.
Make sure you are prepared for when inspiration strikes, no matter where you are always have a pen and paper within your arm’s reach at all times.
I hope this article has helped you understand an important aspect of your true potential.
Know that you have an amazing ability to bring more innovation into your life. Always remember that while you will likely help lots of people over time, your innovative self has to come from your actions and be driven by you.
Soon enough, others will notice, and everything should snowball from there!
Be safe and well