As our e-based world increasingly blurs the line between our personal and professional lives, it's important to make good use of our time. Yet the best approach is usually the one we resist the most.
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What drives your search for answers to improve your business? Is it a deep understanding of who you are and what you do; is it an awareness of your objectives/goals and what you want for yourself and your organization... or is it something else? Whether we call it Internet overload, filter failure or just plain lack of clarity, sometimes we need to step back and examine our MO.
It’s becoming recognized in many organizations that collective creativity is the best way to address the complexity of our lives and create the biggest impact. An open process works far better than a closed one where we guard our ideas within a fortress of secrecy, and the creative process is much richer for it.
Usually, the greater the innovation, the less established was the process that led to it. Since there was probably no established process, the chances are that the innovation was sparked by some form of play. And when the product or technology came to market, wasn’t it exciting and even somehow strangely inevitable? Didn’t it prompt you to connect existing thoughts and feelings in new and satisfying ways? Creativity creating impact creating success.
Whether we're buying or selling, we have a choice as to how we do business. But, all too often, we attempt to manipulate our transactions through fear or we feel seduced and trapped into decisions that we may not otherwise make. We are so used to these methods that we become inured to them. How can we turn things around so we are in command of our choices, respectful of others and actually feel inspired to do business?
Let’s face it: we all go through dry patches. Despite the assurances we may proffer at networking events, and the knowledge that our work cycle may be wavy, not straight, it can get stressful if the gap between jobs stretches beyond our comfort zone. And I'm talking about real, paid jobs—not the talking, meetings, researching, browsing and other ‘legitimate’ distractions we employ in the fallow times. It's a downward spiral when all the doing is based on a fear of not getting.
If meditation is all about being in the here and now, then premeditation must be something to do with being in the now before we get there, which is nuts. But isn't that what we try to do? Isn't that what planning is? Once you realize this, the advantages of being in the here and now start to become apparent. If I can learn to respond to real situations rather than future uncertainties, isn't that a better use of my time? Isn't that more empowering? Isn't it just a whole lot more sane?