7 Steps to Becoming an Innovative Person

An innovative person does a handstand against a wall of graffiti

When I first started taking CrossFit classes, performing a handstand terrified me. I didn’t like to be upside down. After several years of training and competing, I often wonder why I was so afraid back then. When I first started flexing my innovation muscles, I felt uncomfortable at times too. At times I just didn’t feel like an innovative person.  Now, I can’t imagine not looking at life differently. Depending on the situation, sometimes I’m looking upside down, sometimes I’m looking sideways, and yes, sometimes I’m looking straight on.

Through my work, I work to help people look at things differently – to be innovative. Why? Because you’re innovative. Your friends are innovative. Your colleagues too. The world’s a better place when we’re all innovating.

Most of us, however, don’t know how to be an innovative person. 

But that’s okay. You can learn quickly. Below are 7 ACTIONS you can take today. (Along with a CHALLENGE from me to you at the bottom.)

 

7 actions to becoming an innovative person

Action #1: Seek Opportunity

Actively seek out opportunity. Non-innovative people wait for opportunities to find them.

Action #2: Be Constantly Curious

Be curious every day. Constantly look to discover the “why” or “how” behind things. Non-innovatives don’t want to dig deeper.

Action #3: Look Ahead

Embrace a future-oriented mindset. Look to what’s ahead. Don’t get stuck in the past. 

Action #4: Embrace Failure

Hug failure. It’s your friend.  Failure makes a great teacher and will lead you to something important. Failure is not an end point. It’s a beginning.

Action #5: Seek Answers

You don’t have all the answers. Work to find them. Get input from others.  If you spend too much time trying to show “You’re right”, well, you’ll be wrong, a lot.

Action #6: Practice Innovation Exercises

Schedule innovative exercises into your daily life. Strengthen your innovation muscles. Too many times i’ve seen a non-innovative person ignore their innovation muscles and get frustrated in the 3 p.m. brainstorm.

Action #7: Learn Your Innovation Strengths

Learn your natural innovation strengths and unlock your everyday innovator. You’ll better understand how you innovate. (Note: Everyone innovates differently.  Learn to innovate your way, not Stephanie’s or Jim’s or Maria’s or Anthony’s.)

A Challenge for You

For the rest of today, ask yourself, “Am I acting like an innovative person?” If the answer is “No”, don’t worry. Make note of the actions described above and put ONE into action today. Tomorrow, do the same thing. When you take action regularly,  you’ll not only act like an innovator, you’ll become one. All you have to do is take action. Soon, you’ll weave innovation into every part of your life. 


By the way, if you’re wanting to learn more about yourself as an innovator, click the button below and take the free innovation assessment.