Janine, a friend of mine, said to me yesterday that she never has ideas. “Of course you have ideas!”, I told her, “you just don’t recognise them”. She looked at me in amazement.
Many people think they never have good ideas when, in actuality, they don’t know how to look out for them. As we know, if you want to get good at anything, then you have to practice and that is what you have to do with ideas – then you will be good at finding them!
So with practice you can get yourself to the point when you have a good idea, you will recognise it as such and then the next stage is for you to convince others of its worth.
“It’s a really great idea; why can’t you see that – it’s so obvious!” might be the cry from someone trying to justify their creative thinking.
In reality, having an idea is one thing but getting others to buy into it; give their support and take action on it, is another. We can all probably look back at our lives and think back to a time when an idea came into our head, only to do nothing about it until someone else did it and then you thought ‘but that was my idea!’ The big difference was that someone else also had the idea but they took action and made it become a reality. Continue reading