As a child we experience so many firsts. The world is full of wonder and excitement. However as we get older the number of firsts we experience diminishes because we have experienced so many things yet seek to repeat what we know. And then the routine sets in. Routine is important and has its place. With 2 children and a growing company, time is a premium and routine can often be a saving grace. Being organised is key. However for all the structure and calm that routine brings I lose my creativity and spontaneity that produces some of my best work. So how do I balance these two worlds?
Quite simply I try something new.
By trying something new it pushes me out of my comfort zone which is always a good thing. By staying in our comfort zone we stay safe, by stepping out we get energised. That sense of wonder and excitement creates an amazing energy – a reinvigoration of sorts that lasts with me for quite some time.
Let me give you some examples both work and personal.
- Ask a colleague how they do something, such as organise their day or manage their social media – there are so many ways to do the same thing, a new approach may shake things up for you.
- I tried walking meetings about 3 years ago and I have never looked back. By walking you are able to take new paths, explore new areas and see new things whilst walking which positively affects the nature of the conversation.
- Go to a new café (ask for suggestions from your client or colleague) rather than the same old same old.
- Think of something that you have always wanted to do but never have, make some time to do it. I did this recently with a business colleague and friend who took me to the labyrinth in Centennial Park. We walked through together and then meditated – very special.
- As a kid I was a picky eater. My kids have put me to shame with their adventurous spirit. Recently on Chinese New Year, we went to Chinatown where they tried chicken feet for the first time. I am not a big meat eater especially when bone is involved (it’s my thing – we all have one) – but they were encouraging me to try it. The sauce was amazing, but I can’t say I will be rushing back…try biting your hand and you will get the same feeling of tendons and bone…an acquired delicacy for sure.
So this year I continue on the adventure as I strive to increase the number of firsts in my life. Listen to new music, go to events that I normally don’t go to, meet new people and expose myself to as many ideas as I can – this all contributes to my creativity, ability to run an effective business and a full and rewarding life. I still love the routine that keeps the home life calm but bring on the disruption that firsts can bring. Trying new techniques, new paths, new ideas can bring positive change and challenge the status quo.
What will your next first be?
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