I recently stumbled upon an article on INC that talked about ways to become more innovative. You can read the article here, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the first point they made. 

Turn "Can't" into "Can if"

This is a situation I find myself all too often. I have a flash of an idea, and my immediate response is to say it can't be done. I know people I collaborate with often find me negative when it comes to "big" ideas, and honestly, I hate it about myself.

When I think about developing innovative ideas (Big & Small), I am often my own worse enemy. I can come up with a million reasons why it can't be done, or won't work, when sometimes, all I need to do is rephrase my response. Does it make the idea any less difficult to produce? Probably not. But it does create a sense of hope that the idea can come to fruition. 

As I collaborate with other creatives and clients, I need to be willing to see the "Can if" side of things. Sometimes, the idea may just not be possible. But how many ideas have I squashed before they even had the chance to hit the ground?

If I am to become more innovative, I have to be willing to see the "Can If" moments.

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