When you do something new and step out of your comfort zone there are mind sets that are going to inspire you to take action. There are other mind sets that will do the opposite. Therefore, it is essential that you give attention and energy to those mind sets that lead to positive and empowering action. Alternatively you can focus on why you can’t do something and remain where you are.
There are of course advantages to the latter strategy. You are not taking any risks so it feels safe. You are a large fish in a small pond and so you feel confident in a narrow range of areas. As a consequence you do not grow. You do not feel you need to invest in learning, making effort and putting your neck on the line.
Recent months have seen me move my business forward in ways I have wanted to do for some time. 2017 has seen me launch a beginners Mindful Movement course. Below are some notes of thoughts, ideas and learnings I have had by taking that step. I hope you will see parallels in your life if you are looking to do something new and innovative.
- Waiting for things to be perfect- things will never be right. Do them anyway. Do not let this be an obstacle to doing anything new. Excellence will come the more you try, develop and innovate. Perfection is not possible.
- You know more than you realise. What you don’t know you can learn. You have a phenomenal wealth of experience and expertise. These skills can be invaluable in many areas. Do not think your skill set is restricted to a narrow field. If you focus your intention and goals firmly and pursue them persistently you will find out what you need to learn. Then, you can take the time to educate yourself, confident in the knowledge it is taking you where you want to go.
- Be open to feedback. One of the things we fear most is getting things wrong. I think we learn this mind set at school where making mistakes is not necessarily turned into a positive learning experience. Mistakes are incredibly fruitful if they are framed as an opportunity to learn. Everything is a work in progress. Therefore learning to adapt to change is essential for success. If you are providing a product or service, you want to know it is exactly what your ideal clients want and need. If you are employed, growing into a role that is great for your career and personal development it is a win- win for you and your employer. When you learn anything, there is a learning curve that means mistakes are inevitable. Learning is impossible without mistakes.
- Be clear about what you want to achieve (and be open to change). When I set out to design the course I had clear goals in mind. For example: to develop awareness of mind and body to promote relaxation and resilience and reduce tension. I designed it around that. Every session has been altered before, during and after to create a better client experience.
- Don’t play it safe- taking risks is highly subjective. What is risky for one person may be not appear that way to another. Try and push into that risky zone just enough to challenge you to get the best out of you. Just outside your comfort zone is where risk and the creative magic happen.
- You are good enough to make a difference. We all have talents that can serve others positively. Realising that for myself has been a long journey. Once your talents are used more and more, your skills to use them deepen and widen. Therefore, you become more of what you are meant to be.
- Don’t try to do too much- be prepared to chuck stuff away. It may be a director’s best scene or your best piece of work! If it doesn’t fit the client like a glove, enhance the movie or make a better product, ditch it!!! Or adapt. Also, if you have more material than you have time you can edit it out as required. Depth and breadth of knowledge are invaluable. They give you firm foundations and walls with which to give you and your clients confidence. You don’t need to share it all in one go. Think about “What does the client need?” not necessarily what you feel you need to show the client. Also, life is a journey. Do we need to get as far as possible? Does that extra thing we achieve make all that much difference? Can we enjoy the journey, take a little longer, connect a little deeper and laugh a little louder?
- Start from where you are- get traction. So often I have tried to run things based on skills I’d like to have rather than the skills I do have. When I have it never works. Work with what you have. Continue to learn, innovate and grow. With perseverance and dedication you will become better, wiser and more discerning.
- Let things grow organically– once the course started I realised I had so much material and scope I could comfortably run Intermediate and Advanced classes as well as bespoke workshops. I’ll be keeping the website updated with new dates and locations as they are confirmed.
Over to you
Does any of what I mentioned above resonate with you? What have you learned by running new courses or stepping into new roles? How do you feel about taking risks? What are your thoughts about taking action and just doing it? Would you rather stick with what you know or go for innovation and development? As always, I’d love to hear from you. Please post your comments below.
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