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4. Capture ideas immediately

Get in the habit of capturing all your ideas. Use a paper notebook or mobile device. It doesn’t matter how you capture them, just make sure that you carry your idea capturing tool everywhere you go. If you don’t capture your ideas the minute they come up, it’s guaranteed you’ll forget most of them - even worse, you won’t even be aware that you had ideas in the first place. Also, each time your mind notices you’re paying attention to its ideas, it rewards you with more ideas.

5. Be thankful for ideas

Every time you have an idea - any idea - be thankful for it. By developing this habit, you create an additional positive reinforcement that works as a “pat on the back” of your mind, encouraging it to produce even more ideas.

6. Realize that ideas come in bursts

It’s perfectly normal to go through several days and not have one single idea. But then, suddenly, ideas will come to you one after another, just like a surging river. Sometimes, the ideas will come so quickly you’ll barely have time to write them all down. Don’t worry about the natural slow times, but make sure that you take full advantage of those idea bursts when they come.

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SMILE - Idea generation or ideation by Bernard Leong, Lee Iwan and Litemind blog modified by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.slideshare.net/bleongcw/7-tips-for-idea-generation-for-startups and http://leeiwan.wordpress.com/2006/08/28/5-ways-to-promote-creative-thinking-and-idea-generation/ and http://litemind.com/6-tips-generate-outstanding-ideas/
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