How do you generate your ideas?
Author Steven Pressfield hits the nail on the head when he says that a lot of what we think about is what other people say. In other words, we don’t give ourselves time to have original thoughts of our own but regurgitate what others say. Yes, we may use our own words or change it a bit, but in general, much of what we say is not original.
He makes a distinction between Ideas and Clutter. Much of what we keep in our head is Clutter, which takes up the precious “Idea” space. While this may not seem to be such a big deal, over time we get lost in our own Clutter and it becomes harder and harder to generate our own, original thoughts.
Now, I realize some of you may think that it is tiring, even exhausting to think for ourselves. Why not just follow the crowd? Everyone else is doing it! If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me…Any of that sound familiar?
I do acknowledge that at first it can seem hard to think of ourselves. But remember when we were kids and we came up with ideas all the time? I see that now through my own sons’ and their thoughts. In fact, earlier today, they were designing their own video games and they were so creative. But here’s the really interesting part: They started to draw out games they have played before but after a few minutes, I heard them say:
#1: Well, that’s cool for that game but I want to be epic. I’m going to have my character jump through ____, complete ____ and then finish here.
#2: Is that even possible? I have never seen that before?
#1: Me either but it sounds awesome so I’m gonna try!
Just imagine if we brought some of that creativity to our own lives every day. Just imagine if we got past the Clutter and gave our minds time to generate new, unique and epic ideas! What a wonderful world it would be!
So, on this Strategy Sunday, take note of how much up there is clutter vs. ideas. And if you have a moment, plan out some “me” time this week to generate some of that Idea Space!