Business ideas usually don’t pop out of thin air. In fact, many of us have had our best ideas when doing something completely different. If you’re struggling to uncover that next great business idea, it might be because you’re trying just a little too hard. To help break up the mental business fog, we recommend getting outside, taking in the beautiful city, and taking part in one (or all) of these activities. Each one can help get the mental juices flowing.

1. Go Where You’re Happiest

Where in town do you feel happiest? Is it taking in the beautiful outdoor art? Perhaps it’s pulling up a stool at one of the many new local breweries. Or maybe you simply enjoy the calm of walking your dog during the evening twilight.

Whatever makes you happiest and brings out your natural satisfaction is where you should begin. Sometimes, focusing on your job forces you to see only the trees and not the full forest of a possible business idea. Going where you’re satisfied and comfortable tears down the barriers you likely experience throughout the day, which makes it that much easier to spark your next business idea.

2. Go for a Run

Or, you can go lift some weights, head out to the gym, or bike your neighborhood, basically, just get your body moving. This is one of our favorite ways to spark creativity, because when you elevate your heart rate, you also pump more oxygen and nutrients to your brain. All of this is great for idea-generating.

It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who prefers to work out inside or if you like the sun on your neck while jogging through one of the many Memphis public parks, exercise can work as a personal idea generator.

3. Try Something New

What makes Memphis so great? There is more than one answer here, but for many of us, it’s that there’s always something new to try out. Whether it’s a locally owned restaurant opening up shop, a new art exhibit or just a new club to discover, there’s always something new to try.

New experiences force your brain to think differently. You may have never found yourself to be much of a dancer, but a local dance class can get you out of your comfort zone, see the world differently, and help spur on new kinds of thinking.

When you find yourself struggling with generating a new business idea, it’s likely because you’re thinking like you always do. Trying something new changes it, which means you may be able to find that new idea as well.

You’re Just an Idea Away

We love the city of Memphis. There’s always something fun and exciting going on. It’s also a great destination for business. With these three tips, you’ll discover brand-new ways for generating ideas for either your own business or a brand-new one.

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