🚪Where to Begin?
Have you ever wondered where does the journey to becoming a creator begin? Whether you want to write a bestseller book, launch a killer app, or start a successful YouTube channel, there's one thing that you need to get first.
Coming up with new ideas is easier for some of us. Others find it more difficult. Good news is that everyone can train their idea muscles in a similar way that you can train your biceps and abs. How? With regular practice.
There's even a cool (though not necessarily easy) exercise that you can add to your brain workout routine. It's called Idea Machine and I found it through James Altucher (his article linked in the bottom section).
Here's how the exercise goes:
- You sit down in a nice and comfortable place
- You choose a topic
- You focus and write down 10 ideas on a given topic
Important: you don't have to write only the good ideas. The point is to write any ideas that you come up with. If they are crazy, silly, or impossible, it doesn't matter. The goal of the exercise is to flex your brain, not give fodder to the inner critic. Write down everything that pops up in your mind.
How to find a good topic? That's up to you. I usually start with a list of 10 ideas for lists of 10 ideas. It sounds crazy, I know. But it's a good start.
So today, decide what ideas to create in the next 10 days. Articles? Conference talks? Art to make? Apps to help dog owners? Balloon journeys? Not even sky is the limit!
The Benefits of Regular Practice
One of the benefits of regular practice is that whenever opportunity strikes, you are ready to start thinking about how to use it. You were asked to give a talk at a local event but don't know what to talk about? Let's engage the Idea Machine with 10 talk ideas!
Another benefit (or a by product to be precise) is that after some time, you'll have countless lists of ideas ready to be used. Of course, some of the ideas are useless. The others, however, will help you get the inspiration you need.
Having a decent notetaking system in place, helps you access the lists of ideas whenever you need them.