Back at the dawn of civilization, humans learned to stay alive and safe by sharing what they'd learned with other humans. Simplistically, for example, if you pick up a rock and clunk the beast in the head with it before he has the opportunity to attack you, you win and the beast loses. So you share that information with the guy in the cave next to yours. Humans and even we "beasts" learn from one another. Fast-forward thousands of years and we can still teach each other new and different ways of accomplishing all sorts of things.
How many times have you had a problem and mentioned it to someone else? That person has had the same problem and found that doing "X" helped. You'd never thought about trying "X" but decide to give it a whirl. And guess what? It works! That's the beauty of swapping ideas. You just never know where a good idea will come from!
If you need help in the creativity department, experts say that immersing yourself in a creative environment can help. Switching up your office space, a little interior decorating perhaps, can amp up your brain's creativity. At home, rearrange your office space or wherever you do your best thinking. Creating a new look and atmosphere can be very beneficial. Another way is to visit a creative place like an art gallery, for instance. Looking at the creative work of others can inspire your own burst of creativity. Start by taking notice of colors and shapes and the way things are arranged. In other words, make your brain do a little new and unfamiliar work.
Other ways to get your creative juices flowing is to doodle or bounce ideas off someone...no matter how silly they may seem. With a little tweaking, that silly idea may be just what you're looking for to solve that pesky problem! As for doodling, it can help spur creative insight, increase attention span, and free up short and long term memory. It's a fact that doodling can help us think about ideas differently and make a connection that we never thought existed.
If none of these things help your creativity, then it's time to step away from and do something else...anything other than think about the problem and finding a solution. In an hour or two, or a day or two, go back and look at it again with fresh eyes.
Got a problem? Got family, friends, or co-workers? Use them to help solve whatever is troubling to you. In return, you may have just the perfect solution to their conundrum. You'll never know unless you start swapping ideas.
Want to swap ideas on your social media platforms? All you need to do is use #nationalswapideasday. It's a great big world out there and by swapping ideas, we can find solutions for everything, no matter how big or how small. And that's a beautiful thing!
Tomorrow is Wednesday and that means a visit from my wise and wonderful teacher, The Dharma Frog. Please plan on dropping by to see what froggy wisdom he has in store for me. And who knows? It could be just what you need to learn, as well. Until then,