I am a writer and a creative designer so I know what it means to run out of ideas. It is a condition I could compare to a partial paralysis. Your upper limb functions fine but the lower limb won’t stop getting in the way. You just keep going back and forth all by yourself.
It’ almost like your brain has been shattered into tiny pieces so no matter how hard you try you can’t get your ideas together.
For most people including myself, it is a really bad place to be. You could pick up your laptop and throw it out of the window out of the frustration. Most artists have broken their canvas and lay down on the cold floors of the studios for days just hoping to find the missing piece of the puzzle.
However, the good news is there is no missing piece and there is no puzzle!
It is simply art and creativity is what you say it is.
The next time you have any kind of block as a creative or you seem to have lost your way in your business, don’t panic just yet. Here’s what you do;
The main reason we always get a fix at work is not that we don’t have any ideas at all. No! It is simply because we feel the ideas we have running through our heads are lousy. Somehow we convince ourselves that these ideas are not good enough.
So we drop them and go in search of the good ideas, the smart ideas that come with a light bulb above our heads. But those good ideas never come in handy. Do they?
Our mistake is accepting that there’s a substitution between quantity and quality. A lot of people feel that if you want to do better work, you have to do less of it so you don’t waste your energy and creativity on many poor works.
It turns out, that’s not true at all because quantity produces quality.
Whenever you have an idea, go to work immediately. It doesn’t matter how lousy it looks, keep at it. You are only practicing for a better one. Generate so much work from as many ideas as possible. That way one piece will certainly be a masterpiece.
Learn the best way to steal
This is the first trick most creative people have come to grasp and an effective application of this trick can only give you infinite results.
You can always select certain elements you admire from others’ work and incorporate them into yours with a clear understanding that the right fusion creates something that is uniquely yours.
Explore new horizons
Becoming experts in our field of work is a great achievement until we get used to a single way of doing things. A monotonous schedule makes us more efficient but at the same time, some parts of our thinking process become eliminated.
Another disadvantage is we gradually become less interested in new ideas and less alert to the changes in a fast-evolving world.
It’s a death sentence for any creative who hopes to do great works or any entrepreneur who plans to produce exceptional products and services to only explore one approach at work. Go find something that you haven’t done before. Don’t do the same thing over and over again because eventually, it becomes a trap.
That was probably why Abraham Maslow clearly stated that ‘one can choose to go back towards safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again’.
The big thrill only comes with discovering new grounds. Break the barriers.