A few years back I took the Strengthsfinder assessment. One of my top 5 strengths is ideation. Some people might consider this strength a weakness because of how they perceive ideation in action. Ideation is the ability to generate ideas and make connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. I like this strength. I like how I have a lot of ideas for anything I do, and I like how my brain craves to know more, find answers, and seek new solutions.
Still, though, problems emerge with this strength:
- I sometimes chase one idea then another then another not knowing where to stop.
- Others shake their head in bewilderment as to what my point is.
- Ideas come at strange time
- Sometimes at the last minute I decide to manufacture a product from an idea and do so before I can envision where I’m going.
- Without a clear vision, my dots get jumbled and the mental picture created is unclear even for me.
- Oftentimes I chase new ideas instead of just building off an old idea.
In the past, I would take those ideas and jump into the deep end. Lately, though, I’ve realized that easing into the water really is better for everyone.
Because I keep nodding off, I’m going to cut this post short. Perhaps I need to let these thoughts sit in the shallow end before wading deeper.Perhaps I need to rethink the ways I allow this strength to work for me.
Perhaps the time is now for the hamster to step off the wheel and let the ideas rest.
Yes…even my ideas need rest. If I write anymore, the dots will create a jumbled mess.