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10 Ways To Come Up With Brilliant Breakthrough Ideas

10 Ways To Come Up With Brilliant Breakthrough Ideas

Whatever phase you are going through in life, whether you are finding your passion, developing at work or searching ways to balance your life, a great idea can lead you towards success. Situations come when, you are feeling stuck in life or you encounter problems at work, but unable to solve it. You realize that you need to think outside the box to improve the situation, but you’re not certain what that thing might be. Just one excellent idea can completely change the situation; you might need several unique ideas on a consistent basis. Breakthrough ideas don’t come up with luck, but a combination of brainstorming, thinking creatively, deviation and rearranging. Here are some guidelines to come up with a breakthrough idea.

1. Find your passion

When creative people are passionate about their work, they usually love what they do. They are motivated by the work because of the challenges and the gratification it provides. Many research studies have suggested that internal motivation raises creativity, while other extrinsic motivational aspects such as monetary rewards damage productivity and truly original ideas.

2. Believe in breakthrough ideas

Strangely, this basic idea to get minds around and believing that a breakthrough is possible is the most difficult part for people. There is a simple fact that if you are seeking an innovative idea then, it means that your brain is proficient in creating such idea.  Your “sense” recognizing a problem or thinking about the solution to encounter that problem, is a positive sign that your brain is capable of delivering the good.

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You will always find hurdles to implement the idea. Though, you will always come up with creative ideas and new approaches that jump those hurdles.

3. Work with the information

Whenever you encounter a problem, think long and hard about the problem. Brainstorm as many ideas as you can to eradicate the problem. Get as much information as you can and go over the material, look into every detail. Learn all the information about the topic that you’re interested in. Don’t give up — stretch your mind and exhaust your brain until you come up with the solution.

4. Don’t think about unnecessary questions “what” and “how.”

Most of the time we waste our time and resources by thinking about unnecessary things like “what” the goal you’re looking for, like searching for a great idea for a new product. The “how” involves the ways you look to achieve those objectives in the past.

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You look for a great idea because your “how” isn’t leading you to your “what.” Therefore, further thinking about “what” and “how” will knock your head against the wall, which ultimately stops you from achieving success. 

5. Intensively think about “why.”

The question “why” drives you to reach your questions mentioned above: “what” and “how.” For instance, in most cases, you don’t look for a solution to a problem, but to feel a sense of relief and gratification, once the problem is resolved.  That’s your “why.”

Similarly, before launching a new product idea, you need the certain knowledge and assessment about how you are going to improve people’s lives; only then you will feel the achievement by changing the world.

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6. Be flexible

Whenever you are “struck,” find an inspiration to change the course of your life. Generally, these new ideas lead you in an entirely new direction that had not occurred previously. These “break thought ideas” become the innovations which can change the situation completely.

7. Embrace uncertainty

Creativity comes out from a progression of unplanned influences, imaginative and corresponding thoughts, unforeseen calamities, and at unforeseen times.

That means if you stay calm in the middle of intense uncertainty and defect situations, you will be aware that uncertainty is the introduction to your creative thoughts. When you embrace uncertainty, you embrace creativity.

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8. Share your idea with the world

 Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and ideas with others. Be willing to share them directly with the critics around you. They will help you to form it into a more realistic idea. Let them highlight the weaknesses and flaws of the idea, and remedies to correct them.

9. Keep doing hard work

We all are aware that no success comes overnight. Behind every success there is years of hard work and struggle. Successful entrepreneurs always believe in giving 100% efforts toward everything they do. By giving your best effort, by no means you will have any intention for regrets. Always keep focusing on things you are doing, stay concentrated on your work, and accept the results.

10. Write down everything

Many studies have suggested that writing down thoughts decreases our stress and boosts comfort, in accumulation this is a brilliant way to come up with breakthrough ideas. Write down as many prospects and ideas as you can think of.  Whatever you have written down are potential intuitions.  They might lead to breakthroughs.

 

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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