How to Think, Create and Innovate in 9 Simple Steps!
If you have been paying attention to the way the world is moving and the direction that companies are going, it is clear to say that this is a time unlike any other time for innovation, creativity and advancement. There is no better time than now to improve your skills to think, create and innovate.
It all begins with thinking. Someone at Uber had to think up the idea of a company without cars, or a social media platform at Facebook that creates no content, or with AirBnB an accommodation provider that owns no real estate, or with ClassPass, a fitness group without a studio. These ideas all took creative thinking.
How do you become a creative thinker? We all have the ability to think and create, but why isn’t everyone coming up with the next great idea? We think it’s because thinking is difficult. Keeping our attention on one idea, using our will and concentration to do so, it “laborious” according to Wallace D. Wattles whose book, The Science of Getting Rich, written in 1910 is still in print, and is still a popular book after being available for over 100 years. Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, and teaches the student the importance of “thinking” to live the life that you desire.
So what exactly does it mean to “think?” Metacognition is defined as “thinking about thinking” and this skill can be learned. Looking at the diagram below, see how we reach the “Aha Moment” by beginning with the right study habits, intentional learning, creative learning (add in daydreaming and free-association) and then magic happens. We really can learn anything with the right strategies in place.
Three Tips to Becoming a Better Thinker:
- Are you aware of the strategies you are using for learning? Pay attention to the ways that you learn best. You will need different strategies for different tasks For example, what strategy would a student use when studying something with a lot of memorizing? Do you use acronyms to help you remember? What about a parent studying something new to help them to be a better parent? How do you organize your new knowledge?
- Are you aware of your strengths (great ability to stay focused for a few hours at a time) and weaknesses (break focus by checking social media too often). Try to remain in the “flow” of learning by eliminating as many distractions as possible. Imagine Billy Joel singing “Piano Man” and then stopping his song in the middle to check his iPhone. He would never do this, as it would break his flow, and take him out of concentration, so when we want to align ourselves with people of this level of creation, these are the habits that need to be formed.
- Can you ask for help when needed? Sometimes we become stuck and just can’t see to the next step. Brainstorming with another person can help to see another perspective of a problem.
To take your thinking to new heights, you will need to practice being aware of your thinking and self-regulate.
Six Steps to Improve Your Self-Regulation
- You must know your motivation and your “Why”
- Know the best methods for you to learn which is your “How”
- Know how to manage your time which is your “What”
- Have a structured physical environment which is your “Where”
- Be able to manage your social environment which is your “With Whom”
- Be able to monitor your performance and the outcomes that you are learning, or your “What”