Get Creative Friday — 8 Go-To Ways To Trigger Creativity

Get Creative Friday — 8 Go-To Ways To Trigger Creativity

just noticed that I forgot to post this morning.  So, I quickly brainstormed my eight go to creativity triggers which have produced creative solutions in my past: 

  1. Act and think opposite – there is a famous Seinfeld episode where George Costanza does everything different and even becomes quite the ladies’ man.
  2. Do a single thing different daily — famed Marquette University basketball coach Al McGuire didn’t decide his Harley Davidson route to campus until he left his property.  This simple decision prompted him to think differently throughout his day. McGuire became renowned for his high-fashion basketball uniforms and creative playing style and won the 1977 NCAA championship, a huge upset over Dean Smith’s North Carolina Tar Heels. Trust me, these uniforms were funky for their time.
  3. Get on your bike — Coach McGuire may have had his Harley, but you can ride any bike to clear your head and get a new perspective and ideas.  Psychologist Rollo May studied and discovered this Eureka moment. May learned that when the conscious mind focuses on another subject, the subconscious mind is still working on the other problem and literally will come up with a eureka idea.
  4. Read a new magazine —  I do a lot of work in sports, health and fitness businesses, yet I learn a lot when I read a National Geographic, Rolling Stone and even Architectural Digest.
  5. Pick anything and write as many ideas about it — like I did for this post, I just started writing ideas that seem to fit this topic and offer simple and practical advice.
  6. Think fast and volume of ideas — generating ideas quickly gets the mind pumping and produces a volume of ideas and that’s what you’re looking for, right?
  7. Get out of your setting — while this may be similar to idea number two, it is different. For instance, Jerry Seinfeld used to go to a different neighborhood in New York to observe and eventually develop new routines.
  8. Keep the judge out of the room – – few initial ideas become the final solutions, but you will benefit from all of them getting offered, so don’t judge them until you to the evaluation process. I learned this very important tool from creativity expert Roger Van Oech, author of the classic Whack on the Side of the Head.

What are your go to creativity prompters? How are you benefiting from these Friday creativity post? What else would you like to see?


User Comments ( 2 )

  • Sydney B

    This is a belated comment, but I read this last week and really enjoyed it. Number 1 and 8 are my favorite – who doesn’t love George Costanza? And it really is true about not judging yourself too harshly until you’ve gone through the entire evaluation process. I’ve realized that my ideas aren’t half bad when I stop and let other people see them before I veto it. It’s good to let an idea breathe for a little bit so it can evolve into something great.

  • Hi Sydney, smart comments. The judge too soon in the process will kill every idea and most of the good ones for sure. And gestation time is the best for creativity. Thanks for your comments. Have a terrific day.

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