“Freedom has something uncomfortable about it. If you know how to live it, it makes you very creative.” This word creation by Monika Minder hits the nail on the head. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Developing good ideas is hard work, requires discipline and courage. Stay committed and give your thoughts plenty of room to breathe. Because creativity thrives on freedom in the mind.
Give your ideas a chance – keep idea killers at bay.
Idea killer: Ridicule
If the sole goal is to question the competence of the idea giver, then this is a quite sustainable, albeit unfair, strategy. This method is mainly intended to sow skepticism. To raise doubts and make others wonder if the right person has been entrusted with the task. Deliberately ridiculing people leaves a mark. Even if it happens unconsciously or is followed by an apology, the accusation lingers. Whoever suffers the damage doesn’t need to worry about further ridicule.
What to do? Take a risk. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the attacker. What drives someone to attack? Perhaps their own inadequacy? Only engagement has a chance of success here. In the worst case, you’ll have learned something. In the best case, everything dissolves into thin air.
Idea killer T for Lethargy
In physics, inertia is described as the tendency of an object to maintain its state of motion until an external force acts upon it. However, when an external force begins to act, it may already be too late for your contribution. To ensure your vision is not just an unfulfilled wish, you must get moving. Without self-motivation, you won’t achieve anything in the idea-finding process.
Those who want to develop and implement good ideas don’t wait until external forces set them in motion; they are the driving force themselves. How much of this force you apply will determine your success.
Idea killer: Inattention
Someone who is inattentive or too preoccupied with themselves not only misses important things but also significantly reduces productivity and quality in the idea-finding process. This wastes valuable time. It’s also impolite. Inattention conveys disinterest. Disinterest complicates a successful conversation, causes misunderstandings, and hinders the creative process. Under such circumstances, only mediocrity emerges.
Developing truly good ideas requires undivided attention. Think of it as a climbing tour. The slightest inattention can lead to serious consequences. It’s the same in the idea-finding process. So, actively listen and stay attentive.
Idea killer: Delay
Delaying processes and decisions is the most convenient way to bury good ideas. Simply do nothing, make no decisions, don’t listen, and maybe, in the end, form a working group. This way, even the most motivated idea giver eventually loses all interest in realizing their vision. And a good idea is given away for nothing.
Take action. Make decisions. Create favorable time frames for implementation. And follow through.
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