Yay New Year! Yay New Start! Two hopeful things to look forward to after the holiday season has long gone. Have you like 39% of Americans (Marist Poll December 2015) or 42% of Australians (finder.com December 2014) made any New Year Resolutions for 2016?
Making resolutions is part of the New Year tradition. It’s our yearly endeavour to start afresh and turn over a new leaf. But the chances of failure are high. Separate studies conducted in the US and Australia show that 60 to 80% of people will have failed between 6 and 12 weeks, proving that the first few months are critical.
To help stack the odds in your favour, we’ve sought inspiration from the words of recognised creative geniuses in Science, Art and Industry throughout history. We’ve compiled our own list of practical and (hopefully) motivational quotes to help your resolutions stick!
From the Sciences
From the Arts
Creative geniuses think differently. They know how to think, rather than what to think. It is this ability that enables them to generate innovative and original ideas. What can we learn from them?
- Look at problems from several different perspectives. Not only will this solve existing problems, but it may also identify new ones. Think out of your own paradigm, and imagine new possibilities.
- Develop your visual and spatial abilities. Present your ideas in different ways. Vision is our most powerful sense, accounting for 70% of the body’s sense receptors!
- Be productive. Set idea quotas. Go for quantity above quality. It increases your chances of success. Use Pareto’s Principle; for every ten ideas, two will be great and eight will fail. Learn from failure. When you find something interesting, drop everything else and explore it further. This is the first principle of creative accidents that lead to accidental discoveries.
- Explore novel combinations between dissimilar, opposite or incompatible subjects in order to make new connections and relationships.
- Think metaphorically. Many abstract principles are best explained using everyday occurrences.