How to come up with ideas

Here is a common question a lot of people ask:
How do I come up with ideas?

There is no one answer to that.
There is no one perfect way to come up with ideas.
There are lots of different ways to do that.

But, here is one strategy that you can get started with:
Think up ideas for things that you want, things that don’t exist yet.
Basically, solve your own problems.

Happens to all of us.
We stumble across a problem or get annoyed by something and wish things were different.
Those moments right there are opportunities.
Moments like those are the cause for most of the world’s innovations.

Of course, the more urgent the need the stronger your impulse to solve it.
So usually when we stumble upon something like that, we tend to grumble a bit, but then move on and forget about it.

But what if you didn’t?
What if you started a journal of such moments of dissatisfaction, stuff to think about later, stuff to come up with solutions for?

Life isn’t perfect, and that presents opportunities.
But only if you’re willing to think, and see things from that perspective.

Give it a go.
Look out for such instances, issues and problems.
Next time you are met with a moment like that, consider how you can come up with something (or some way) to improve things.
Maybe that’s what will lead to your world-changing idea.

If something doesn’t work, find ways to fix it.

You need a backup plan

No plan is 100% fool proof.
Nothing in life is infallible.
There’s always risk, no matter how small the odds.

Things can (and do) go wrong.
So it’s important to have backup plans.

Hopefully you’ll never need them.
But in case you do, it is better to have backup plans, than it is to be caught completely unawares.

Backup plans can be the difference between surviving, and not surviving, a disaster, an unforeseen challenges.
Have backup plans.

Why you need to have a quest

It’s not enough to have a goal.
You need to have a quest.
Especially if you want to do something incredible, make a difference, have impact, make your dent in the universe…

A quest is much more than a goal.
It’s the main purpose of your being.
It’s what drives people to achieve incredible feats.

When you have a quest, nearly everything you do, you will do for the benefit of the quest.
It becomes the destination to which all paths lead.

When you have a quest, it becomes your main thought.
The purpose that drives you.
The mission that determines (and is benefited by) everything else you do.

Quests provide clarity.
They provide strength.
They help you stay on the right course, even when things happen that throws you off course.
Above all, they help you achieve incredible things.

A quest = an ultra-focused, and serious goal.
A BHAG.
A moonshot.
A mission.
Or a purpose even.
Call it whatever you prefer.
Because the end-result is what matters.

When you think of the quest for the holy grail for instance, you know that that wasn’t merely a goal.
It wasn’t just a milestone people wanted to achieve.
A whole lot more went into it.
Those Knights knew what it took to create a focused, effective, purposeful goal – and that’s what a quest embodies.

To do something incredible, have incredible impact, and make your mark in this world, it is important to be driven by a strong sense of purpose.
It is important to have a quest.

Mine is to help at least a billion people significantly improve their lives.
What is your quest?

Just one decision

One decision is all it takes to change your life.
That’s it, just one decision.

It can be a big decision, or small.
Doesn’t matter.
What matters is that you decide.

Decisions have impact.
Decisions are powerful.

They galvanise you.
They move you forward.
They get you unstuck, and provide clarity.

Too many people fall into the fear/confusion trap, and bury their heads in the sand.
They wait for decisions to be made for them, rather than taking charge of their own lives.

Don’t be fall into that trap.
Change the pattern.
Decide.

Ask yourself this: what decision(s) can you make this year, this month, this week, today, at this very moment – that can potentially change your life?
What decision can you make today to move you towards creating the life you have always wanted?

The myth of self-made

There’s this myth that’s been around for a long long time – that the people who are at the top of their game, the best of the best, have all done it on their own.
That’s what people generally think is what self-made means.

Rarely, if ever, is that the whole truth.

In fact, if you dig deep into the lives of the peak performers, people who are the best of the best, nearly always will you see a recurring pattern: that they have a team of people behind them.

Having a team and coaches is so common that, in the arena of competitive sports anyway, you won’t even be considered for anything unless you have a team behind you.

The notion is catching up, slowly but surely, and permeating other fields and professions.
And that’s a great thing.
It’s about time we change this archaic notion of strength = not asking for or getting help.

If you have fallen into that way of thinking, understand that it is quite ok.
That’s an area I myself sometimes struggle with, so I know how easy it is to accept that as the truth.
But having people there for you, and with you, makes you anything but weak.

Having help does not make you weak.
Not having help does
So learn to ask for help.

Going it alone is fine, but it is better to have people with you – people who will help you, and push you, and accelerate your progress.