The Power of New Ideas

You don't have to be "artistic" to be creative. Everyone can learn to generate bold, groundbreaking ideas by adopting a creative approach and applying the best thinking tools.

There are three key approaches to generating new ideas:

  1. Breaking old thinking patterns.
  2. Making new connections.
  3. Getting fresh perspectives.

We'll look at each of these elements in turn. Then, we’ll outline five ways to foster the best environment for creative thinking to flourish.

1. Breaking Old Thinking Patterns

We can all get stuck in certain "tracks" of thought. They may be so comfortable that we don't even realize that they're holding us back! So, to have fresh ideas, we need to break away from established patterns of thought and start to see new paths ahead.

Here are some of the best ways to do it:

Challenge Your Assumptions

You likely bring a set of assumptions to each and every situation. Many of them may turn out to be true, but challenging your preconceptions can also open up some exciting possibilities.

2. Making New Connections

Another way to generate new ideas is to make new and unexpected connections. Some of the best ideas seem to occur almost by chance – you see or hear something unconnected with the situation you're trying to resolve, and a lightbulb goes on in your head!

For instance, inventor George de Mestral was inspired to invent Velcro® by the burdock burrs that got stuck to his dog's fur during a countryside walk. And... (More)