As I look forward to 2012, I realize I must discontinue some of my current activities and habits and start new habits to achieve different, better results. Authors from Seth Godin to Zig Ziglar have written about how our habits and goals must align for us to be successful. I thought of a few ideas that might help you and I make the most of 2012. Let me know if you try these or other ideas to break old patterns and create new and improved habits.
Learn something new: My friend Steve is learning to drive a motorcycle as his new goal for 2012. Considering he is not the risk taking type, this is a stretch for him. It will put him out of his comfort zone and cause him to grow. What could you learn; a new language, a new technology, photography, how to ride a horse… and how might it help you grow? Check out the book “Learn Something Every Day” by Robert Young.
See something different: I went to a movie in the middle of a weekday recently. It felt odd and “wrong.” I got to examine my beliefs about the right and wrong times to see a movie. What other “rules” was I holding on to? Do I follow some rules that no longer support my vision of who I am? What could you see differently? Art, an old car, behavior of your children,… and how might letting go of a view help you? Check out photographer Kat Miller’s website “See Things differently.”
Be a different person: What would it mean to do absolutely nothing for one hour; or one day? As an entrepreneur I look at the ROI of my time so at first my reaction is “why would anyone do that?” But, I hear that once you quiet your mind, you are able to see life and issues more clearly and this is the payoff for quiet time. Check out “The Critical Role Quiet Time Plays in the Achievement of our goals.”
Do a different task: Have you been on a Habitat House Build? I like it because I’m not in charge, I’m part of a team, I’m making a difference and I meet people from different walks of life. This different task helps me break the habit of doing the same things, the same way. What is a different task for you? How could you benefit? Check out this video on YouTube “Doing things differently leads to something exceptional”
As always, I look forward to your thoughts and comments.
Events worth looking into:
2/09/12 AAF Dallas Presents the Addy’s
2/11/12 7th Annual Career Symposium
2/15/12 Membership in the Digital Age
2/17/12 Membership in the Digital Age
2/24/12 DFW BeMyApp Competition
3/9-12/12 South by Southwest interactive – SXSWi