How To Shake-Off Negative Thoughts

We’re heading into a long weekend here in the UK. An extra day to enjoy and unwind. But that’s easier said than done IF we can shake off negative thoughts that linger from the working week.

I suffer from this – I am sure everyone does to some extent – something happens, perhaps we’ve made a mistake or had crossed words, we felt bad, for sure, but we just can’t shake-off the feeling and memory. We can’t move on. 

Our minds do this to ourselves all the time. It’s normal. It’s not a fault or weekness.

But here’s a great tool to help.

  • take a piece of paper or open a doc on your phone or computer
  • create two columns
  • in the first column, write down what happens and how you feel
  • in column two, answer these questions;
    • Is this thought in any way useful or helpful?
    • Is it true? (Can I absolutely know that it’s true)
    • Is this just an old story that my mind is playing out of habit?
    • Does this thought help me take effective action?
    • Is this though helpful or is my mind just babbling on?

When we do this, there’s a couple of things going on which make it so effective:

  • We’re moving it from our subconscious mind into our conscious mind. We’re fronting up to it (and in some cases, how ridiculous it is) 
  • It’s done, it’s in the past. Either it’s useful or it’s not, so in processing it, and rationalising it, we have the best chance of closing it off

Hope this helps. 

How To Play The Crazy 8s Ideation Game

Crazy 8s got their name because;
– the tool aims to get 8 ideas from each person in a workshop, and
– in 5 minutes….yep, that’s why it’s crazy.

But honestly it’s genius because it;
– stops people from FILTERING their ideas. We all do it. We come up with an idea and almost immediately tell ourselves it won’t work. Read this article for more on this, and
– it forces us to ITERATE on our ideas. Iteration is key to ideation. Whatever device you’re reading this article on, you know it’s version x thousands of the original idea, don’t you

Essential to the game is a clear idea of the ‘problem you’re trying to solve” – the challenge. 

The challenge I use to teach people how to use the tool (the beauty of Crazy 8s is that it takes 5 minutes!) is “How do we incentivise people to leave the car at home and use low-carbon transport to get to and from work”. 

And here’s the slides in GDrive

I’d love to know how you get on!

You don’t NEED a shiny new idea to start a business

I’ve heard this so many times, “I’d love to start a business, but I can never think of the idea of what I would do”.

You may have thought exactly that?

It IS a myth that you need something new. It’s born (quite understandable) of an anxiety that, “well, if there’s already someone doing this, how will I manage to break into it?”

Shock horror: Apple are (rightly) seen as one of the most innovative companies ever, but they certainly didn’t invent the touchscreen smartphone.

Google didn’t invent the search engine.

Amazon weren’t the first people to sell books online.

….I really could go on and on.

Of course, there’s loads of examples of ‘firsts’ that made it big…but they really are unicorns (very rare…that’s why they’re known as unicorns).

Recycling of ideas has happened since the beginning of time and always will: the Harry Potter books are the highest grossing book series. Harry was an orphan with special powers. Luke Skywalker…an orphan with special powers…you can go back centuries to find stories about orphans with special powers – to the Bible and beyond- Moses was (you guessed it) an orphan with special powers.

So, you ABSOLUTELY DON’T need a brand new idea. Indeed, the idea doesn’t need to be the ‘thing’ or service. The idea can be the way you’ll EXECUTE ‘it’ that adds more value than your competitors!

You could literally take a Yellow Pages or any business directory (if you still have one), fan through the pages, pick a business and figure out how to make it better, cheaper, faster.

I’ll go one step further, while a brand new product or service won’t have any competitors, it has no customers! A marketplace with no customers is a lonely place. Now, it might be because, genuinely, it’s a brand new idea and it solves a problem everyone has that no-one has ever spotted before…..but I wouldn’t bet on it. Not in 2020.

So, now we’ve got that out of the way, over the course of the next 2 weeks, if you sign-up for the free coaching experience, I’ll walk you through how to find the brilliant idea that will change your life.

It is totally free. It will be totally amazing.

And there will be lots of opportunity to talk with me and get all your questions answered!

Book some time with me now.

I’m waiting for you on the other side.

Great idea, great PR

This is how you do great PR in a crisis!
Scottish brewer, Brewdog have temporarily suspended a production line in their distillery to switch to manufacturing hand sanitiser.

What’s more, they made it clear, it’s not to cash in, but to give away to try and help as many people as possible stay safe.

Well done Brewdog. We need more of you!

Now this IS a good idea. Postal workers check-in on older residents

Cohésio is a new initiative from the French National Post. It means “Watch Over My Parents” and was created by accident.

The service began in 2013, after a heat wave, when a number of overburdened city halls asked their local post offices to check on vulnerable and elderly residents.

There has always been a “natural link between the French and their postal workers.” At first, La Poste was happy to do the check-ins for free. Soon afterward, though, it proposed a paid version of the program.

What an amazing idea. Why on earth doesn’t every country do this?

You can read more on this link.

New research on crowdsourcing innovation from the market leader, Spigit

The market leader in idea management software has been producing an annual report on crowdsourcing from their clients – many of which are the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals for the last few years.

The report delivers insights into how these brands leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities (incremental and exponential), and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

Their analysis reveals insights into:

  1. The evolution of innovation program objectives over time
  2. Critical success factors for fostering a culture of innovation
  3. Risks to mitigate for greater program success

You can download the report on this link.

I hope you enjoy it!

Brilliant Idea #365. Electric Vehicle charging road train

If they can refuel a plane at 30k feet and 500mph, can’t we-recharge an electric vehicle in motion?

When all HGV lorries are EVs or hybrids, they’ll have huge batteries. The car (with a small battery) will drive behind the lorry, tether and recharge on the motorway. 

The car gets an un-interrupted journey (re-charging on a long journey – even on a rapid charge, takes a long time so can impact massively on the journey time). HGVs have to stop regularly by law to ensure the driver isn’t fatigued so the impact of recharging for them is far less. It changes the financial model for them considerably as they can then earn an income on their spare electricity. 


Brilliant Idea #364. Alexa stretch skill

If you sit down all day, bad news, it’s slowly killing your.

Doctors call it the sitting disease. More worrying, the latest research suggests that you can’t undo the 8-10 hours a day you’re sitting down working by then going to the gym in the evening.

You can, according to the science, undo the harm by simply moving regularly during the day – small, regular, un-obtrusive exercises are all you need.

Brilliant idea #364 is a game for desk workers that uses the Amazon Alexa and their Echo buttons. You probably know that an Alexa is, but possibly not the buttons. They’re exactly that, programable buttons.

The game forces you to stretch your body into a stretch. It gives you the instructions of where to put the buttons – for example in the two far corners of your desk, just out of reach whilst sitting up straight. 

The skill (a skill is what Amazon call an app) then talks you through the exercise. Each stretch asks you to press and hold the button to turn the light from green to red for a little longer each time and in doing so extends the stretch. 

There’ll be a range of stretches – each with the instructions of where to place the buttons followed by the stretching game. It could then gamify the stretches to encourage the user.