It’s easy to fall in love with a new idea you have hatched.
It’s yours (which makes it seem great right off the bat), and the more time you spend with it, the more you can become completely enamored with your creative thinking.
It’s helpful in most cases, however, to challenge your own creativity before you start loving your new idea TOO much.
Creative Thinking and 6 Challenges to Consider
How to challenge your creative thinking in healthy ways? Here are six possibilities:
- Share your creative thinking with someone else to get their reactions.
- Start over with the original objective and a different creative thinking approach, seeing if you come out with the same idea or something different.
- Consciously begin adding other elements to your idea that fit strategically to see if it can work better.
- Scale back your idea by 50% to see what you would keep and what you would scrap.
- Expand your expectations for the idea by 2X and see if it holds together.
- If a competitor were to implement your new idea, would it look different, and if so, how would it look?
The point of challenging your creative idea isn’t to turn you into being a “NO” to innovation.
It is simply to provide an opportunity to strengthen your creative thinking before loving your idea too much blinds you to weak spots it may have.
Once you have challenged your creatie idea sufficiently, and it holds up, you can get on with loving your new idea way too much as you start implementing it! - Mike Brown