Help! I’m All Out of Ideas!

Ever feel like you can’t come up with any new good ideas? And why, when we do get a good idea, does it always come to us in the shower or some other random place?

Ideas are truly everywhere, but we usually have blocks that keep us from thinking of them. When we finally let our minds rest, things seem to come to us out of thin air.

So what are these blocks and how can we manage them? How can new ideas be generated more easily?

Most people have really busy schedules. We’re always doing something, always on the go, in motion. Our brains are occupied managing our lives, solving problems, making plans and decisions all day long.

All this “thinking work” can make you feel exhausted, as if you’re stuck on a treadmill that’s going too fast, just existing day to day trying to keep your head above water. There seems to be no spontaneity in life, and you certainly don’t feel creative.

Then, in a flash, you suddenly think of a new idea for your daughter’s school project….while you’re in the shower or browsing the home goods section at Target.

What is that about anyway? What did you do to flip the switch to turn on your creativity?

Sometimes, we have to slow down to go fast.

When you take your foot off the gas and slow down, your brain has time to catch up.

Taking a break and allowing time and space for the good ideas to percolate, eventually helps them rise to the top!

We expect so much of ourselves all the time, with too much multi-tasking. Allowing our minds to wander and checking in with our body can open the floodgates to the ideas we know are locked inside us.

When we feel stuck, here are a few ways we can foster more creativity when we most need it.

  1. Create time and space to reset. Schedule time in your day to rest your mind for a few moments. Even 5 minutes makes a big difference. Taking some deep breaths can help you refocus.
  2. Mix it up. Sometimes, if you switch activities, even when working, you can bring a fresh perspective back to your original project.
  3. Relax and do something just for you. Go for a walk, take a bath, enjoy a cup of tea, play a game with your kids, or connect with an old friend. You’ll come back feeling refreshed, rejuvenated & full of good ideas.

We all have good ideas inside us. We just need to remember that they need room to breathe and evolve, just like we do. What other ways have you been able to let the ideas flow?

If you’d like more clarity on your life or business goals, let’s schedule a call to discuss coaching. It’s a great way to nurture the great ideas within you!

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