Have you ever met someone who was an idea machine?
You give them a problem to solve, and in just a few minutes they’ve come up with half a dozen creative ideas. In fact, you can ask them anything, and they’ll give you enough ideas to keep yourself busy for weeks.
But… wouldn’t you like to be that idea machine?
Just one idea – the right idea – can be worth millions.
The problem is, in order to have that one million idea, you first need to have hundreds or thousands of ideas that aren’t as good.
Case in point: Imagine you never work out, and then one day you’ve got to lift a heavy object off of your own chest or you’ll die. If you’re weak as water and can’t lift that thing, then you’re a goner. But if you’ve been exercising your muscles, then you can throw that object across the room and go about your life.
Your brain works much the same way as a muscle.
If you use it daily, it’s sharp and ready to tackle whatever comes its way. But if you just park your brain in front of the television all day long, it’s going to be weak as water, too. And when you need it most, it’s going to fail you.
Think of the times in your life when you hit bottom and you were forced to come up with ideas.
The worse the situation you’re in, the more motivation you have to come up with some great ideas. But if you haven’t been using your brain much, then it’s going to be difficult.
That’s why it’s important to exercise your brain right now, because ideas are the currency of life.
No matter what situation you’re in, you’ll have a ton of ideas. If you need to make money, you’ll come up with 50 different ideas, and so on.
So what’s the process for turning yourself into an idea machine?
- Get a waiter’s pad, or any pad that fits in your pocket.
- Sit quietly – maybe in a café somewhere – and read an inspirational book for ten to twenty minutes.
- Then start writing down ideas. Any ideas. All ideas. You’ve got to write 10 ideas.
- Don’t filter any ideas, write down all the ideas that come to you
- Do this exercise every day.
At the end of one year, you have 3,650 ideas. and hopefully you will have acted on a few of them.
The point is to exercise your brain so that no matter what happens in life, you can find the solution.
But how do you act on an idea….by taking the first step.