InnovatorI was recently asked what were the three most important traits of an innovator. Before I could provide an answer to this question I paused to firstly consider the definition of an innovator. To most people an innovator would be someone who comes up with something new and novel, typically an invention or a new concept that may also be protected by a patent. These types of innovators that come to mind include Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday and Thomas Edison. However, I challenge the traditional view of an innovator and present a revised definition as someone who applies creative ideas or innovative concepts to create something of value in the market, which could be a new product/service, a new process or organisational system. True innovators include Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson who all have built successful businesses through their creative ideas and opportunities.

Therefore, if an innovator is defined as someone who comes up with something new and novel such as a new invention then three major traits (there are numerous) required are CURIOSITY (open minded, asking why? or challenging the status quo), THINKING CREATIVELY (using imagination, intuition and lateral thinking) and EXPERIMENTATION (the power of observation, scientific method, analysis, deduction and recording outcomes). A good example of this type of innovator was Leonardo da Vinci, a great inventor but never applied any of his inventions to create true innovations. Conversely, if an innovator is defined as someone who applies creative ideas to create something of value in the marketplace, in society or in an organisation the traits for a true innovator would then include VISION (the ability to see opportunities before anyone else), PERSISTENCE (the discipline and commitment to see things through) and ENTREPRENEURSHIP (the ability to convert ideas into successful commercial outcomes that create value). A recent example of this type of innovator would be Mark Zuckerberg who created Facebook.

Dr John Kapeleris

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The subconscious mind is the repository of all your habits, both mental and physical. It contains the basic operating system of our brains and therefore can be updated and reprogrammed.

Your subconscious has no perception of past or future; it only perceives that everything is happening now. Therefore, by convincing the subconscious mind what we want it to perceive, we can change our beliefs, that is, our habits of thought and attitude.

Beliefs are essentially neural patterns in your brain that consist of thoughts that are ingrained in your mind. Beliefs are not necessarily “the truth” but are the perception of our reality. Therefore, our beliefs have the ability to influence our desires. Beliefs tend to be self-fulfilling, that is, if we were brought up as children believing what we were told then our subconscious will continue to believe this as being real.┬áMany of us carry negative beliefs and emotions handed down to us by our parents, teachers and peers. For example, we may have been told that we are not good enough or that we will never amount to anything. Other examples of limiting beliefs include:

  • It will never work
  • I’m not good enough
  • There’s not enough time
  • That’s just the way it is
  • Everything bad happens to me
  • It’s too hard to lose weight
  • Why are you pursuing this type of business?

And my favourite:

  • It’s not fair

What limiting beliefs are holding you back from achieving your goals and objectives along your journey to success? You need to identify what they are as they may be contradicting your goals and objectives.

Successful people are able to overcome their limiting beliefs through reprogramming their subconscious.┬áReprogramming your subconscious starts with understanding how your reticular activating system (RAS) works. The RAS is like a filter system in your mind that sorts through the large quantity of incoming information and searches for specific data bits that match information patterns already established in your brain. An example of how your RAS works, is when you purchase a new vehicle, let’s say a Toyota, and for the next few weeks you notice every Toyota vehicle on the road, particularly the specific model you have purchased. Your subconscious has been temporarily programmed with the Toyota logo and without you consciously knowing, your RAS identifies vehicles with the Toyota symbol.

To reprogram your subconscious mind you need to implement the following five steps. Beliefs are not easy to change, therefore you need to start immediately and be disciplined.

  1. Create the vision of what you want to achieve. Ensure you have a clear, written vision.
  2. Articulate powerful affirmations to create beliefs that support your vision.
  3. Prepare a portfolio of material in the form of written statements, audio recordings and vision boards (a visual collage of images that portray your vision).
  4. Establish a daily routine (morning and evening) reviewing the portfolio of material to allow the content to be absorbed by your subconscious. Read the written statements aloud, listen to the audio recordings and review your vision boards on a daily basis. It is also a good habit to carry a goal card with written statements in your wallet/purse and review these daily.
  5. Use visualization techniques to create a mental pattern in your mind and imprint your new beliefs that supports your vision.

Remember, the subconscious mind cannot distinguish whether an event is externally real or internally imagined. Therefore, by reprogramming your subconscious and displacing limiting beliefs with positive beliefs that support your vision you can remove the barriers that have held you back.


Dr John Kapeleris

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