If you made an immense discovery—one so advanced it eclipsed all others, by a huge margin—do you think others would eagerly embrace your insights?
Recently, I saw a play in which the main character could rewind or advance time, thanks to the presence of an older version of herself. Thus, she knew what was going to happen, and she also knew she was powerless to change the outcomes. But her husband thought she was suffering from a brain tumor, and the audience was left to decide which perception was correct.
So here’s my question of you…Ever notice that you have better insights at work right after you come back from a vacation? To solve tough problems, often you need to change your perspective.
It doesn’t matter what you change, but instead is more important that you change something… anything.
To make that easier, here are some possibilities:
Instead of rushing to get home quickly… try exploring new corners of your city.
Instead of identifying problems… try offering solutions.
Instead of writing long memos… try drawing a single picture.
Instead of focusing on one solution… try making a list of ten.
Instead of making assumptions… try outlining all the facts.
Instead of using a digital device… try pen and paper.
Instead of focusing on costs… try focusing on benefits.
Instead of working with others… try working alone. (Or vice versa.)
Instead of working at your desk… try working in a park.
Instead of being rational… try being silly. Or even better, try being grateful.
Instead of filling every minute… sit still for 15 minutes. (No try, just do.)