How To Get Big Ideas Easily That Can Make You More Successful

If you can get big ideas easily you can be much more successful in practically any area of life. But what if you normally don’t get big ideas, is there a way you can learn to get them?

The good news is, yes you can, and I’m going to use some NLP techniques to show you how. I’ll give you some practical and fun steps to get big ideas easily even if you’ve never had a big idea in your life.

I get coaching clients who tell me that they need to be more creative. This is often because their life has hit some type of plateau. And now they’re feeling the pressure to produce in some way.

Some people just call this being stuck. And while the top producers, stars, and athletes usually have high priced coaches on hand to help them overcome this, you may not.

You Have What You Need

The key thing to understand here is that most people, including you, don’t realize you already have what you need. But it’s usually in an area you take for granted and don’t realize you have it. This also prevents you from mapping it across to other situations.

That made me think, what if I break down my strategy for creating big ideas and pass that on to others, like you? Then you could use the same strategy and get big ideas easily for yourself. Great (big) idea, right?

So I started to pay attention to my strategy for getting big ideas which I’ll share with you below. And don’t worry if not all your big ideas are great, you’re going to get some duds here and there. Just accept the duds as part of the package and be glad you got them. That’s important and I’ll tell you why later.

Here’s How My Big Ideas Start

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Back to the task at hand, I got this big idea yesterday from eating a pear. So I thought I would dissect it, or break down the strategy in NLP terms, and write it down so I could pass it on to you.

I like pears that aren’t quite ripe so I can slice off thin slivers and eat them enjoyably without a lot of juice dripping on me. I detest sticky hands.

So there I was standing in the kitchen deep in thought slicing through my pear when I heard the distinctive sound of a pear seed hitting the tile floor. Now, years ago I would have been able to tell where the pear seed landed because my hearing was quite acute. Not now.

I quickly looked down in hopes of seeing the little pear seed still bouncing around so that I could whisk it to the compost can but … nooo.

A tiny dark pear seed on a dark gray tile floor wasn’t going to be seen that easy.

What Happened Next

My next thought was that the dark tiny pear seed decided to make a break for it, and bounce under the stove. Guaranteeing certain freedom from capture.


Well, obviously it knew in its little pear seed brain that I was of the male species and that picking things up was hard enough, I would never go through the trouble of moving a stove to do it.

But wait, I thought, perhaps it was confused from the sudden jolt of hitting the tile floor from such a height. Perhaps it bounced away from the stove?

I took a few steps back to get a bigger picture, a bigger field of view and BAM there it was mid kitchen, plain as day. It was as if the tiny dark pear seed had grown 100 times in size, it stuck out so clearly.

How To Grow The Big Idea

My next thought was in the form of an excited question. How did I do that?

Now, just so you know, that was a writer downer.

Why was asking the simple question “How did I do that” so important? Because, as we learn in NLP, your brain is obligated to answer questions. You can’t expect to get big ideas without asking any questions. But you can expect to get answers, and big ideas, if you ask questions.

At first, it’s good just to get used to asking questions, any questions. Then once the habit starts to form you can focus on asking better questions. Because you’ll get better answers with better questions of course.

Be More Specific

Now the first question I asked after spotting the tiny dark pear seed was, “How did I do that?” and then I got more specific with my questions.

How did I manage to spatially separate the tiny dark brown pear seed from the dark gray tile kitchen floor … hmm?

Because knowing what strategy I used to visually separated these two things could enable me in the future to separate things in other areas. For instance, a similar process is used by editors to see spelling and grammatical mistakes in writing (I use the app).

So if you’re one of our astute students of NLP you’ll notice that so far through this process I have used a number of the techniques that we teach. I’ve used strategies, map across, contrast frame, submodalities plus visual and auditory acuity. I’ve also touched on inductive-deductive, kinesthetics, 3rd position, the law of expectation, chunking – detail to big picture and more, pretty cool huh?

I use these and other NLP techniques and processes every day in normal situations. I use them to be the best I can be in whatever it is I’m attempting to do. Years ago I used them with my kids. And now I use then in my guitar playing, my singing (still working on that one:) creating new programs … everything.

The Big Idea Step By Step

So let’s break my whole strategy process down, walking through it step by step.

  • I was in the kitchen eating a pear and dropped a pear seed on the floor. So I quickly assessed the situation.
  • Needing to find the pear seed I thought of a few strategies to use and decided quickly on one.
  • The search area was a similar color making it difficult to separate from the seed. What I had didn’t match the need, change strategies.
  • I created a clear picture in my mind of exactly what I wanted and then asked the questions needed to bring out my subconscious answers.
  • I took a step back to get a bigger picture of the overall situation. Sometimes the process will call for a more detailed closer look.
  • I stopped seeing the dark floor and focused on the picture of the tiny dark pear seed in my mind. Laser focused on what I wanted.
  • The pear seed suddenly jumped out at me as if 100 times it normal size. Picked up tiny dark pear seed and delivered it to the compost. Mission accomplished.

Try It Yourself. You’ve heard the old saying, “Practice Makes Perfect”, so go ahead and start practicing.

Remember to be very specific in what you are looking for and know exactly what it will be like when you have it.

You can use this same process to make decisions and solve problems as well as being creative and a whole lot more. Anything is possible when you start by asking questions and have a clear picture of exactly what you want.

Oh, remember when I said “you’re going to get some duds here and there, just accept them as part of the package” well, here’s why …

It’s important to be accepting of what your subconscious mind delivers to you. You want to create good habits by accepting all your subconscious can deliver to you. That means without putting blocks on your subconscious which can stifle creativity.

Remember, baby steps … and lots of them.

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Bob Clarke

Hi I’m Bob Clarke, writer of most of these blog posts. I’m also the Co-Creator, with my wife Ronda, of the Most Comprehensive NLP Training and Coaching Program Online. Our purpose is to bring NLP to you, saving you time, travel and money.