There is tremendous power in actively watching what goes on around you.
When people ask me “what kind of challenge should I do?” or “where do I get started?”, my answer is usually pretty foundational. What can you do over and over that’s going to produce something new? The more you can model one behavior, the more you’ll get out of it, over time. Not everyone has the willpower or burning fire to carve out time for a new thing every single day. Everyone does, however, have the chance to notice things. Just takes an eyeball or two.
What would be a good thing to notice everyday?
Want to be a more creative thinker? What was the most surprising thing you saw each day? Keep track of those for a while.
In my “weekly innovator” workshops, I’d ask “when was the last time you thought ‘how’d they come up with that?'” Keep a running tab of those. See if you can figure out how you would have come up with that same thing.
Want to be more influential at work? Keep a list of things you said yes to and why.
When I used to talk about personal branding, I’d suggest writing down the thing you did each day that made the biggest difference to someone else. After 30 days, you have a pretty good understanding of your personal brand. It’s not a “value proposition, by the way. It’s value. You already have it, so how do you live it?
We have to opportunity to gain a little more knowledge everyday.
Challenging ourselves, even as a spectator, changes the way we think about our environment.
If you don’t know where to start, just observe and report.
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