“Innovation is born from the interaction between constraint and vision.”
—Marissa Mayer, co-founder of Lumi Labs
Image of Marissa Mayer from Twitter
How innovative and creative are you compared to those around you? How do you stack up against your colleagues, your competitors, and to the global pioneers that are transforming our world with new exponential technologies?
If your ego has gotten a bit bruised by pondering those questions, there is coaching for you in today’s quote.
Take a few minutes to examine one or two top priorities in your personal or professional worlds. What is your vision for each area, and what limitations or constraints exist?
Consider expanding your vision in these areas to the point where the constraints become greater, requiring you to be even more innovative.
Even if you shoot for the moon and miss, your innovative efforts will land you among the stars.
“There is always room in our budget for a little experimentation.”
—Beth Comstock, American business executive
Image from Unsplash by J. Jordan
Variety is the spice of life, they say. How much variety do you experience on a daily basis in your job and personal life? Whether its your organizational budget, your own financial situation, or your personal habits in spending time, perhaps you would benefit from a bit more experimentation.
Where would spending or perhaps investing more resources — including money and time — provide for potential quantifiable or qualitative value? How might a bit more creativity, innovation, and experimentation spice up your professional and personal worlds?
Please reply to this post with the “outside the box” efforts you plan to initiate.
New or Improved? Which of these words conveys the most energy for you?
Both words are often used in advertising and marketing to declare some advantage in a product or service category.
Where are you currently creating something new? In my observations, I see most people (including myself) maintaining the stats quo, simply polishing those things we have already done to brighten our lives a bit.
Creating something entirely new is often a messy process and can look like it is more trouble than it is worth due to the frustration and discouragement that can accompany the effort.
Where can and will you build a better future by creating something entirely new in either your personal or professional life, and not just polish your past?
“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.”
—Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, 13th Century Persian Sunni Muslim poet
Image from Flickr by Jona Nalder
I’ve been an early riser my entire life. Even as a child, I would wake early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. There were no video recorders or DVRs in the 60s!
These days, I consistently wake before dawn to get a quick start on my day through meditation and a multi-faceted exercise routine.
The noise level of the world is substantially lower in the early morning hours. I find the quiet supports greater creativity and the ability to listen to whispers of wisdom that are often drowned out by higher decibel levels during the day.
How might an “early to bed early to rise” strategy help you hear more valuable secrets of the dawn, to live a more full and happy life?
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, risk-taking, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
—Mary Lou Cook, late Peace Activist
During the Personal Excellence Workshop that begins each of my coaching programs, my clients list their personal strengths. I am somewhat surprised that less than half of them include creativity in their list.
When prompted about their level of creativity, they humbly deflect, stating things like, “On Occasion / Not Really,” or “That is why I do _____ for a living.”
I suggest that we all are far more creative than we believe and that we all create our lives each and every day, for better or for worse.
How can you take Mary Lou Cook’s coaching to increase your daily level of inventing, experimenting, risk-taking, rule breaking, and mistake making to expand your creative capacity and make your life a lot more fun?
“When your mind is completely open and ‘unfurnished,’ you will have plenty of space for creative thoughts.”
—Barbara Ann Kipfer, author of Self Meditations
Image from Oprah.com
It’s spring. Time to do some cleaning and uncluttering. With the warmer, longer days, by all means open the windows, get out your cleaning tools, and go for it!
Beyond your closets, garage, basement, and junk drawers, spend some time examining the issues, challenges, worries, and upsets that create congestion in your mind. Cleaning them out will allow room for greater creativity, enhanced well-being, and happiness.
Here are a few uncluttering techniques you can try. I have found many to be helpful:
Discussions with a close friend or trusted advisor
Conducting a “brain dump” exercise to identify and capture on paper the issues running through your mind
Meditation to enhance mindfulness and self-awareness
Prayer and/or discussions with a spiritual advisor
Actual uncluttering and giving things away helps a bunch as well!