“If I could get one good idea…..” Many people who dream of starting a business are looking for that “one” good idea. In most cases good ideas don’t just happen, you have to be ready to receive them, and that requires action. The following techniques may help you find that great idea that will help you start your new business or improve your current business operation.
- Remind yourself every day that your mind is on the lookout for new ideas.
- In past blogs I have recommended keeping a notebook and pencil by your bedside. Things that need to be done and new ideas often come to mind when you relax in bed. Now, I want that taken one step further; keep your idea notebook in your pocket at all times.
- Buy a book. There are many excellent books that will challenge you and help you think out of the box. Books are meant to be read, underlined and scribbled in. (e-mail me and I will send you my top 10+ plus list). Reading a book a month is an achievable goal if you set your mind to it.
- Spend 15 minutes a day on the internet. Google, for example, how to develop new ideas, or any other combinations; you will be surprised at what you will find and how your own mind will be stimulated.
- Ask someone! Ask everyone you know what they think would be a great new idea for a product or service. There are a lot of people who have ideas but lack the motivation to develop them. If an idea is appealing and you believe it has potential, then offer a small percentage of future profit for the rights to the idea.
- Work with a coach/mentor to help develop business ideas. Stimulating conversations and working in a structured environment for business growth will help bring out ideas that are buried in your subconscious.
- Spend some quality “think time” alone. 15 minutes dedicated to thinking about your business instead of working in it can produce some great results.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Brain power increases with and during exercise.
Old habits are hard to break yet everyone agrees that the only constant in life is change. Like anything else worthwhile the creation of workable ideas comes with constant practice. These techniques can rejuvenate an existing business or help launch a new business.
A good idea is just an idea unless it is dressed in work clothes and implemented. That’s where I come in with support in planning and accountability.
Tools for success are everywhere, but it’s up to you to pick them up and use them.