Businesses, people, and ideas contain seeds of obsolescence. We may start out by making change: introducing new blood, modernizing and transforming ourselves, our environment, relationships, our businesses or even our blogs. We continue along the path certain that we are on track…but at some point we begin to lose traction. Others overtake us and we’re left to figure out why we’re no longer running out in front.
We are now running behind. I interpret this as becoming complacent in our personal life and our habits.
The artist, Paul Gauguin, wrote: “There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite”. Let’s leave it to the chain stores to fill this demand.
If we strive for the best in ourselves we can learn from new angles: THINK NAKED!! Here is a list of ideas to march into March 2010:
Think in “Supernatural” dimensions.
Conjure up two opposites and find a way to make them intersect and work together. ie. Remember T.V.’s “Odd Couple”.
Look at what is popular and visualize it differently. Be unique.
Stop being opinionated and start brainstorming from multiple perspectives.
Suspend your disbelief and reverse your assumptions.
Reframe a question to expose more than one right answer.
Answer ambiguous questions in several different ways.
Stir up my Mother’s favorite: “What if?” and put practicality aside.
Don’t edit yourself…gag your inner critic.
Think metaphorically. We react more readily to the emotional than we do to the rational. The trick is to use visual words instead of words lacking imagery.
“…free ideas slumbering in stone…” as Michelangelo did. In other words get rid of what doesn’t belong in you life, your art, your business, your relationships, and your thinking.
The context of your life should be useful and valuable to yourself and others. The steps above allow us to take giant leaps to innovation; re-seeing and re-seeding ourselves. Drench your work with your authentic self, your passions. Business is personalities and independent expression is us.