How do we generate ideas? This can be classified into two, the ordinary and the extraordinary process. But, first if you are going to get new ideas, it essential that you eradicate negative thinking from your mind. Impossibility thinking must be removed from your mind. You will not be able to produce creative ideas if you think negatively. So the word "impossible" must be deleted from your vocabulary.
All of the body functions, including the brain, are controlled by words. Scientists discovered several years ago that the nerves at the speech center of the brain control the nerves that control all the other parts of the body. So once a word is spoken , the whole body responds accordingly.
Negative speech and negative thinking are the major reasons why some people will not receive the ideas that will launch them into breakthrough because their minds cannot nurture creative ideas. If you want ideas, then prepare your mind for them. Sometimes we do not attempt great things for lack of money. If only we knew that it is the quality of ideas that flow through our minds that matters.
Ideas magnetize resources. We must never say that things are impossible. The great French General, Napoleon was going to carry out an invasion. One young officer came to him and said "Sire, this mission is impossible." The general turned to him and said: "The word ‘impossible’ can only be found in the dictionary of fools." In reality, nothing is impossible. Impossibility only exists in the mind. We must learn to prepare our mind for greatness.
The following steps are recommended for receiving ideas.
Identify A Need
Find a need and fill it. For example, people need to wear clothes, make the clothes. The problem with the average person is that our inner eyes are closed. One ma’s problem is another man’ opportunity. Some people only see the problem and never see the opportunity. We need to get ideas to meet the variety of needs around us. We have needs with respect to housing, transportation, communication, recreation, feeding, information and many more.
Simplify An Existing Process Or Product
For example, cables have been used for telephone but now we do not need cables. Someone got the ideas for a wireless phone system. Sit down in your office and think of how your work can be done in a simpler way. Think of how you can improve on the current methods and equipment employed in your field.
Create A Need
Before, man used water to entertain visitors but now we use soft drinks. Man is not born with the innate desire for soft drink. Its general acceptance by the populace has made a standard requirement for entertainment. The need for soft drinks was created by man.