What is the one the one thing you’ve had on your to-do list for a little too long? Writing a blog post? Putting together your Billion Dollar Business Plan? Contacting us for a Brand reFRSH? Do it, right now.
If you’ve spent any time around here lately, you will have noticed things have been a little quiet. Very quite, let’s be honest. While much of that time off was unplanned, it did prove to be beneficial. My natural inclination is to just focus on the task at hand and power through, but sometimes you’ve got to really listen to yourself know when to slow down, which brings me to my first point:
1. Observe. Observe yourself, your thoughts. Observe your clients, their thoughts + comments, their history. Observe your surroundings, past + present.
2. Think. It strikes me as odd that what is really the most important step here is the one that is so often bypassed. We get stuck in a rut, in a pattern of Observe > Respond > Observe > Respond > ∞ and I think that’s where the hardship comes in. It’s not that we’re saying or doing things we don’t mean, it’s that we simply don’t know what we mean. We haven’t set an intention. So, process your observations. Think.
3. Respond. (Thoughtfully.) Being more thoughtful is something I’m trying to make part of my approach to the world. Life, interactions, experiences can all happen at such a breathtaking pace that it is sometimes difficult to take a step back and think about how to respond before responding.
These are the things I’ll be making a conscious effort to make part of my routine in 2013. Is there anything in particular you’ve brought with you into 2013? Let’s hear it! Facebook + Twitter.