Are you running out of ideas? Do you need something new and exciting to produce better results?
You need to innovate.
I was struck by what Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, said about about innovation:
“I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”
If you are in a “tight box” right now, you may be in a situation wherein you may be lead to discover a breakthrough idea!
Here are 3 ways to get some motivation for innovation:
1. Prototype fast!
If we want to get things moving, and see results at a faster pace – prototype quickly! Ideas are only good when they are tested and implemented.
I love it that 3d printers are in the market. It makes prototyping products cheaper and faster! When you have an idea, you can design it, and then 3d print it right away! Then you’ll see what needs to be improved in the functionality of the design. You’ll even discover new ideas because of this initial course of action.
What does fast prototyping mean in your line of work? Does it mean having to implement your project to a small group first before launching it to a wider audience? Does it mean letting a few of your close friends try out your product? Does it mean letting somebody read your manuscript and get comments?
Innovations are driven by implementation and iterations.
2. “Preserve the Core, Stimulate Progress”
This concept is from Jim Collin’s book, Built to Last. If you have a good grounding of your (or your organization’s) core values and beliefs, you’ll be fearless in proposing new and radical ideas that will drive positive change. By being faithful to the Core or the purpose or the big “whys,” you’ll be able to move forward – or stimulate progress — with fresh approaches without deviating from the original intention of its founders.
If you look at the shoes brand, Nike, its mission is “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.” At its core is shoes but we see a line of sports lifestyle products that support its mission.
How do we apply this to our personal lives?
Let’s say you are confused of what direction to take in your life, you have to go back to your core.
In my book, The Fired Up Life, I call it a Fired Up Blueprint which is composed of your vocation, mission, vision, values, and goals. By having these, there will be something to guide your actions in creating important changes in your life.
3. A Change of Environment
When I want to be creative, I go out. I go to places that inspire me, and I always get fresh insight into things. Most of the time, I try a new coffee shop. At other times, I look for nature.
Perhaps, the familiar places, people, and problems that you face everyday create a recurring behavior that keeps you going back to the same old habits of thinking. Talk to new people. Join conferences and listen to ideas that may resonate with your situation.
I recall what’s written in the book of Revelations, “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev. 21:5). The Holy Spirit is the source of newness in our lives! St. Paul also exhorted the Ephesians: “be renewed in the spirit of your minds” (Eph 4: 23). Call on for the Holy Spirit’s help, and surely inspiration and courage will be upon you.
As you work, may you continue to produce new ideas that will drive progress in your life! Keep innovating.
Which of the 3 Ways will you apply in your current situation?
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