Great ideas come from practice.
The more you practice getting or having great ideas, the more great ideas you will have. Seems like common sense but ask yourself this, how many great ideas have you had today? How many did you have yesterday? If you wrote them down, this will be easy - go on, count them. How many did you have?
Okay, hands up how many of y'all cannot remember having a great idea yesterday? Or today for that matter?
Guess what? I am going to change that for you. RIGHT NOW! Yesterday may have been 1 or 0, but today, tomorrow and everyday from now, you are going to have at least 10. Sound good?
Think you can manage that? Of course you can. You're fantastic! (And don't you ever forget that!)
We all have a spare 5 minutes throughout the day, do we not? Well, how about using that time to become an ideas machine? (A great time to do this is when you are alone, so how about when you're on the loo? Mum's I know this one might be a challenge for you!)
To become an ideas machine takes as little as 5 minutes per day but will have pay offs in all aspects of your life - especially in terms of problem-solving and creativity.
Instead of wasting that 5 minutes spent on hold to suppliers, or that 10 minute bus journey to work or the time spent waiting patiently for appointments to arrive, spend it generating a list of 10 bright and shiny new ideas. This simple exercise can be incorporated into your day planning in the morning when you are fixing up your to do list, or in the evening when you settle down and list your top 3 triumphs of the day. It doesn't matter when you do it, only that you take the time to come up with your 10.
They can be ideas about absolutely anything - related to your life, your business, or maybe the world in general. The actual ideas do not matter all that much, especially at the beginning whilst you are letting the habit set in. After all, you're not going to action all of them.
The principle behind this task is to flex the idea muscle in your brain and get into the habit of generating fresh ideas, so that in the future you will find coming up with new ideas easier, more bountiful and quicker to generate. You may start of ruminating on your 10 in the first week, but by the 4th week you will be spouting them out in the commercial break of Suits.
It will increase the quality of your ideas too. Don't get me wrong, the ideas you come up with are not all going to be good, let alone great.
There are going to be some real crap ones in there, but I promise there will be some diamonds hidden in the rough that you will want to take action on. When you do come up with a great idea, take action and work on it. You never know what it could lead to.
I think this idea first originated with James Altucher, but its passed through many hands since - including from mine to yours here and now. And I hope you take the time to give this simple task a try.