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Effectiveness Kills Creativity: 7 Steps to Help Strengthen Your Innovative Thinking

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You know that you need to be creative to solve complex problems, support innovation and make progress. A lot of tasks, however, cause you to put too much on your plate and you have little time. Therefore, you need to be quick and focused. However, excessive emphasis on efficiency usually kills creativity. It only helps – if you focus less on it, your results will be better.

Complexity of the “mhm” phase

Creativity is the engine of innovation. In fact, raw ideas are transformed into innovations, something new that people are actually willing to pay for. Creativity has different aspects. It is not only a group of people who meet in large rooms with colorful notebooks and highlighters. On the contrary, the creative process should include time for reflection and silence. All of us have certainly experienced the moment of “mhm” that comes with a flash of understanding. However, ideas do not appear suddenly. They are like seeds that have been “sown in your brain” over time, and have grown stronger thanks to the neural pathways that allow you to connect ideas in new ways.

Bringing together different ideas

Creativity comes when you bring together things that you wouldn’t say could be together. That is why the solution may come from, for example, a new person who has just joined the project as it has no effect on him. Diversity often brings unexpected ideas that help solve the problem in a new way.

Keep in mind, however, that you need experience and time to combine different ideas. Creativity cannot be hurried, planned or managed. A study from Baylor University even found that leaders who are too focused on the end result, endanger the performance of their own team.

If you want to be really effective, take the following 7 steps into consideration:

1. Take time to reflect

As you are always available and always have a device in your hands, you are missing the time to think. While you are waiting in the dry cleaners, you check your emails. While you commute to work, you have a conference call with colleagues. However, filling every minute of the day in the name of efficiency can be an obstacle. Your brain also needs to breathe, think and deepen. Resist the urge to be available at every moment and take the time to reflect.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

2. Connect with people who are different than you

You often spend working days with people who think like you because they are part of a business, industry, or function. This is great for efficiency because shared thinking and similar world views help you move forward quickly. However, if you want to be more creative, you should try to connect with other people. Find people who have different jobs, spend time in different places and think differently. Their ideas will encourage your thinking.

3. Look for unexpected experiences

You tend to search for a routine and get predictable patterns into your business. Week after week, everything goes almost the same. However, you can be more creative by searching for experiences outside this standard. Take a different journey to work, register for a course outside of your comfort zone or go on vacation to an unusual destination. Whether it’s small changes like cycling instead of using public transport, or bigger ones like yoga stays during spring break, unusual experiences will help you find lost creativity.

4. Express creativity beyond work

It can be difficult to awaken creativity at work if you rarely use an innovative spirit in other areas of your life. According to one study, your imaginary creative muscle can build up different manifestations of creativity, making your brain more efficient. It is therefore sensible to express oneself also through non-working activities. Whether you’re creating a holiday photo book, learning a foreign language, or attending dance lessons, these activities can stimulate your creativity.

5. Find places that fill you

Evolutionary speaking, our ancestors spent thousands of years in the wild and lived. And now you are just interested in managerial positions and sitting in drab offices. That’s why your brains are incredibly bored. Make sure you find sites that stimulate brain activity. Stand up from your desk and work side by side with colleagues in the café. Make an appointment in a comfortable space near the windows instead of in the conference room. In addition, sit back in the park or find a forest path to take a walk to relax.

6. Create challenges for yourself

It is creative stagnation that is the greatest killer of our progress. If we do not have the need or motivation to drill creative skills on a regular basis, we do not logically move far. That is why there are challenges – they encourage work when we just wave our hands and leave things as they are. But the challenges we set ourselves will not allow us. We do not have to put all our effort into it at once. It is enough to start gradually, for example by practicing creativity on a regular basis, or by achieving a creative milestone to some point. It can be a new level of a foreign language, a song on a piano, a drawing technique, just anything that makes you get up and sit down to work.

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso

7. Enjoy your sleep

Rest is also important for the creative process. Efficiency can dictate you to spend the night and finish the project or get up at dawn and catch up with all your emails. However, this can jeopardize your creativity. Sleep is good for the brain, helping to sort thoughts. If you want to think properly, you must also relax correctly.

Tereza Cervena is a Research Assistant at Euro-Atlantic Council and a graduate of Sales management. She is a marketing enthusiast and helps at https://www.where-am-i.me/. If she is not working on research, she is reading books or hiking in nature.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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