How Do You Get Fresh Ideas?

Apr 26, 2018

Three Ways to See the World from a Different Vantage Point

Everyone in the marketplace wants to come up with fresh ideas. But they aren’t necessarily willing to do what’s necessary to come with those new ideas. Forcing someone to sit in their office and come up with new ideas is like saying that the beatings will continue until morale improves. It just won’t work.

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Instead it’s important to allow people to see things from a different vantage point. And sitting in your office won’t do that for you. It’s important to be able to see the world in a new way.

Here are three ways you can provide your brain with what it needs to develop fresh ideas.



1. New perspectives


It’s good to make yourself process the interrelationship of things that you may not have noticed before. It can be helpful to look at things that you may not have looked at before.

Try watching these things:

  • Ants going in and out of their nest
  • A building being built
  • A marching band practicing

All of these situations involved multiple moving parts. It can be helpful to see how they interrelate, so you can consider different ways of looking at the world.


2. New sources


It’s important to find good sources of information. It’s also important to find new sources of information. And it’s important to make yourself think about things that you don’t usually think about.

Reading things that you don’t usually read is a good way to start. You can try

  • Picking up a book on a topic that you don’t usually read.
  • Subscribing to a blog that you haven’t read before.
  • Listening to a podcast you’re not familiar with.

Only by making yourself receive new input will you gain the raw material you can use for generating fresh ideas.


3. New insights


Now explore how your new sources of information and your new perspectives might connect with whatever you are working on professionally.

Take these new situations and ask yourself some questions.

  • In what ways can I apply what I have seen to my situation?
  • How do these new situations relate to what I am dealing with?
  • In what ways could I do things differently that I have been?

Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is the key. You want to force your mind to consider things that you may not have thought about previously. Only then will you be able to truly come up with fresh ideas.


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