“Think about what makes you most comfortable in your routine. Stop doing it!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
There’s a lot of shared insight between the time I spend on the stage and the investment that I make at the gym. While this quote is often the focus of the message I deliver while working on the former, it actually came to me during a workout at the latter.
With that, I often drive my trainer crazy. In this case, she was trying to get me to work on one particular movement as we transition the exercise routine from the past season of golf to the upcoming ski season. It seems to be all about agility, balance, flexibility and fast response to changing conditions – hey, and that’s often the main message for my clients!
But I digress. So she had me working on something on a balance board, and I fell into a routine that seemed to be pretty comfortable. But wait – I thought – it’s too comfortable! So I changed it up a bit to make it more challenging, finished the set, grabbed my iPhone, and typed in this quote which came to my mind.
Organizations wallow in routine, and smother themselves in the predictable. The world around them doesn’t match that level of sameness. That’s why the ones that shake up their routine on a regular basis are those who survive – and thrive.
It’s Monday. Be different today!