You have unique ideas more often than you realize, but they appear when your mind is busy. When you have a lot on your mind, you don’t notice novel thoughts, and they are lost. You forget them because you didn’t fully recognize them.
The best ideas found throughout history occurred when people were enjoying leisure time. Inspiration popped into innovators’ minds while they relaxed. On these occasions, they linked common ideas with fresh ideas. For instance, an apple falling from a tree led to the concept of gravity. Had Newton been busy instead of sitting quietly, perhaps he wouldn’t have pondered why the apple fell to the ground.
If you want to, call your muse and make brilliant ideas flow; you need to let the process happen. You need to cut out the commotion that usually prevents new ideas from flourishing. In other words, relax. Relaxed people create novel thoughts because they aren’t busy entertaining negative self-talk or trying to perform many goals simultaneously. When you don’t feel pressured to carry out tasks, and aren’t thinking about the past or future, your mind is free to produce ideas.
Relax more to put yourself in the right frame of mind to have original thoughts. Walk in the country, play with your dog or your children, or have a massage. Alternatively, listen to uplifting music, or meditate. Do whatever helps you wind down and let go of tension and concerns.
Present-moment awareness removes clutter from your mind, freeing space for clear thinking. When you go over the past, reflecting on what you’ve done and said, you miss the moment. Similarly, thinking about the future moves your attention away from here and now, where ideas can form. Staying in the present takes practice, but gets easier when it becomes a habit.
Your brain needs space to be creative. If you clear mind-clutter, practice present moment awareness, and relax, you’ll encourage ideas to flow. Even if you don’t invent the next popular high-tech gadget or have an idea that changes the way people live, at least you’ll enjoy being stress-free.