In life we know the best experiences are often off the beaten path. In business we aim for a well-oiled machine. Predictability.
In life we often long for more spontaneity, less routine.
I get it. Structure and predictability are good for the bottom line and they help you sleep at night. But we must recognize that over time routine breeds complacency. We become so comfortable in the safety of the routine we stop actively paying attention and easily fall into the trap of, it’s always been done this way. What if in our work we got off the main highway and took a few unscheduled stops along the way? What if we approached Monday — Friday more like Saturday and Sunday?
Pick one. Are you adventurous enough to give it a try? Just once?
If you looked at that list and adamantly declared, No Way, you might want to ask yourself why. I’ll bet when you drill down to the root cause, it’s one of two things:
I hope you’re scared. It’s easier to fix. There’s a lifetime’s worth of tricks, methods and philosophies at your fingertips. Just search, “How to Overcome My Fears” and pick your favorites. I personally subscribe to the School of Worse Case Scenarios. I go straight to the worse thing I can imagine happening. Then I ask myself two questions. What’s the actual likelihood of this happening? What emergency plan do I have in place to keep me from the worse case?
If your answer is you just don’t care enough…welp. First, if you think you might be depressed, please seek professional help. If we’re dealing with a bad attitude or boredom I’ll remind you — you have a choice. Maybe you don’t have the luxury of changing your work, but you absolutely have the choice of how you approach it. You’re making the choice not to care. Make better choices.
For good measure I’ll ask once again, are you adventurous enough to give it a try? Just once? If you’re a yes, please let me know what you try and how it goes.