Disney Imagineers are famous for dreaming big and doing the impossible. These outrageously creative minds are behind all the stunning pieces of Disney magic that guests enjoy around the world every day. If you’re stuck in a rut and looking for a fresh new way to approach your next project, take a cue from the Disney Imagineers and try these tricks.
8. Stop Talking
Walt himself said it: “The way to get started is to stop talking and start doing.” If you’ve been talking about a new project for months without making any progress, it’s time to take a cue from the ultimate Imagineer and take action. Don’t stagnate – move. Even if you’re not sure you’re moving in the right direction, fear has no place in an Imagineer’s mind.
7. Consider the Story
Imagineers are famous for telling a story with every project. They don’t build a roller coaster just to thrill. They build it to tell a thrilling tale. Every last detail of a Disney project plays into the overall story. Use this technique in your own projects by thinking through your own story.
If you’re decorating your living room, think about the stories you want to play out there. Do you want the space to tell the story of warm family gatherings? What do you need to accomplish that? Include a shelf for board games, a low coffee table, and piles of floor cushions if your story includes kids gathered around for family game night. Frame your television in curtains and place a standing popcorn machine in the corner if you envision theater-inspired movie nights in the space.
From start to finish, let every project you put together tell someone a story.
6. Get Inspired
Even the Imagineers have their favorite artists, musicians, and writers. If you can’t list your own inspirational favorites, it’s time to do some searching and find them. Start reading books, visiting art museums, or watching classic movies. Get to know the greats and identify what speaks deeply to you. You may find a new source of inspiration in an unexpected place.
5. Learn to “Blue Sky”
Imagineers don’t just brainstorm, they blue sky. This type of creative thinking gets its name from the idea that the sky is the limit. When you’re approaching a new project, use the blue sky method to really get your creative juices flowing. This means that you don’t throw anything out on the first round, no matter how strange or impossible it seems.
If you’re working on a creative menu for your Mother’s Day brunch and pickles spring to mind, write down pickles. Don’t second guess yourself or argue with the idea. Write it down and keep going. Let your ideas flow on to the next thing. You may find that a sweet relish complements your savory casserole perfectly even if the dill pickles that you first envisioned aren’t a perfect fit.