My poor little ideas often come out of my head and go straight into a category. (That’s what it’s like inside the mind of a creative scientist)
Do your friends and family know you as the one with all the ideas that rarely come to fruition?
If your ideas end up fizzling out, I’m pretty sure I know why.
Here’s what I’ve learned, in life & business ~ there is a critical gap between ideas and implementation. Skipping this step is usually a death knell to any creative spark ~
By creative spark, I mean:
I’m talking about “Creativity” in broad strokes.
So why does that parenting strategy last a couple days then peter out?
Why doesn’t the new workshop meet with wild enthusiasm?
Between the idea and its implementation is incubation. (click to tweet)
Think about it. If the idea is the seed, and implementation is the harvest…
What about the watering and sunlight part?
What about seeing if it’s a viable seed?
If metaphors don’t do it for you, think about this:
Would McDonald’s ever launch a McProduct without market research?
There’s a spell between the spark of idea and exposing it to the light of day.
It must germinate, peek through its shell, take small inspired baby steps to see if it can withstand the light of day ~
and it must be confident that it will be welcomed on the other side.
In our fast media culture, we’ve gotten used to barfing all our ideas out onto the next available ear within .5 seconds of birthing the idea.
Poor idea. We subject it to feedback and criticism before it has a chance, then our inner critics start to believe the hype, we let the idea die, and back to the drawing board.
We squash not only that idea, but the creative flow as well.
In my experience, I’ve seen that ideas that are given the room, space, patience, and nurturing to grow are the ideas that flourish ~
and if those ideas don’t flourish, they always lead to one that does.
My challenge to you is this ~ the next time you have an inspired thought, a creative spark, an idea for anything at all, allow it to grow. Incubate it before putting it into action. Reveal it only to people who will water it. Let it have a little trial run in a safe place.
This is why I run the Coach’s Playground ~ an incubator, a beta test side, a place for ideas to run wild before we force them into the light of day. A place to have fun doing “market research”
and to simply allow creativity in business for creativity’s sake ~
So where can you launch a Playground in your life? Where are you forcing your ideas into implementation too fast? Where can you really relish a spell of dreaming and nurturing your creative spark?
Visit me on Facebook and let me know ~ how will you commit to letting your ideas and dreams flourish?