Coming up with more ideas is the same as achieving many other things. In fact, many of the underlying techniques of how to come up with more ideas same the same principles of of other popular self-improvement topics:
- how to build bigger muscles
- how to find your perfect mate
- how to make one million dollars
- how to lose weight
- how to get a raise
It all boils down to doing the “thing” more.
In building biceps, it’s doing more barbell curls. In finding your perfect mate, it’s going on more dates. For coming up with more ideas, it’s only about trying to come up with more ideas, more often. Just like your biceps, idea generation is a muscle.
No one that is “great at generating ideas” was born that way, they usually just tried coming up with ideas more often. The more you flex your idea generation muscle, the better you get.
And the fact is, the more ideas you take in, the more you’ll put out.
Every idea you see, hear, feel, taste, do, and touch all have impressions in your mind that can influence your ability to generate new ideas. That being said, everything that exists was at one time an idea, so a simpler way to say it is, “experience more”.
Someone who has only ever eaten white rice will have a harder time coming up with a new flavor of ice cream than someone who has experienced every fruit in the world.
See, hear, feel, taste, do and touch more and you will be able to generate more.