Many of you commented on last months newsletter and the challenge of being too busy to block time for yourself in your Calendars.
This months we continue by encouraging everyone to take some time out. Time to refocus on the positives and look forward with renewed energy for the next half of the year.
All the Best
Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.
Several people who contacted us last month were challenged by May’s newsletter, regarding blocking time to think in their Calender.
I understand for many this is challenging, its different and it requires a change of thinking.
And that’s exactly WHY we all need to do it.
We all know the quote “Change your thinking, Change your life”.
If we don’t or won’t change, how can we expect things to be different.
not a chocolate bar, but some time out for you.
Everyone needs time to recharge, to review, to reassess and to reflect.
With the focus in business on the upcoming end of financial year, its an ideal time to take this time out for yourself.
Challenge yourself to sit in your bedroom and close your eyes, focus on your breathing, concentrate on breathing and resist the tendency for your mind to “wander” manage your thinking. Your Mind is a huge Store for Creative Innovative thinking, practise accessing it for improved quality time to recharge, to review your day to see that you did the best you could and to reassess your next day and reflect on how you could think, listen and act with greater clarity to achieve more.
Remember its true ” Everyone needs some time out”
Drive- The surprising truth about what motivates us by Daniel Pink
This is an ideal book to dip in and out of after your TIME OUT time.
Enlightening and full of ideas about changing our thinking and how we are motivated to achieve more.
To find out more or order the book click on the link: http://www.danpink.com/drive
“Poirot, ” I said ” I have been thinking”
“An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it” Poirot responds.
Agatha Christie, Pearl at End House
After experiencing the weather from ex tropical cyclone Oswald over the last 48 hours I came across this inspiring clip called “weather report” If you have experienced Oswalds impact then take time out in your day ( 2m 45 s ) to enjoy this clip and choose your attitude for the rest of the week. http://youtu.be/z9sUGQx_pVE?t=32s
We all know that change is nothing new.
Yet everytime it raises its head we find people and organisations either hide in the sand or get creative, meet it head on and use it to their advantage.
An example of this is back to 1927 and Hollywood, when great change came upon the industry and its stars. The advent of sound in movies. No longer silent movies the “talking pictures” had arrived. For many in the industry it was an unsurmountable challenge. Stars like Charlie Chaplin refused to have his character speak and he was left behind. He couldn’t or wouldn’t make the transition from Silent to Sound. He couldn’t or wouldn’t change.
However in 1928 just one year later a small mouse made its debut in the first talking cartoon the world had seen (and heard) “Steam Boat Willie” it amazed the movie industry and audiences alike. With Steam Boat Willie – Walt Disney had seen an opportunity and grasped it. He saw the change in the industry and changed with it.
Disney had a knack for sensing change, getting creative and turning it to his advantage.
In the 1950′s another change rocked Hollywood -Television. Once again Disney was there ready to take advantage of the change, see it as an opportunity. Some resisted the change saying it would destroy the movie industry, why watch movies when you could see shows in your own home?
But Disney like many of the extraordinary people through history saw the opportunity.
Thinking differently to everyone else he had an creative idea.
He wanted to create “Disneyland” and needed the finances to get it established- he saw TV as the fundraiser and a promotional tool for his new project. He agreed a deal with a major network, then provided an exclusive weekly show called “Disneyland” and got the funding he needed. At the same time viewers all over USA tuned in to watch and he would show them snippets of the park being built. This built excitment and anticipation in his growing market of potential guests.
You can see in the above story that the changes in Hollywood some survived, others didn’t, those who saw the change as an opportunity, got creative and took control.
The questions to ask are:
How do we deal with change? Do we hide or do we reinvent ourselves?
Do we have the skills to be creative?
Do we have the ability to focus on the opportunities not the dangers?
Do we resist change, prefering the good old days, or do we embrace change with a positive “can do” attitude?
It is the creative companies, the ones where people are empowered to be creative that are best placed to deal with change, to see the opportunities the change brings and maintain their competitive edge.
Now more than ever, as we head into 2013, is the time to start thinking creatively and have creativity flowing in your organisation and its people. It is more than just a culture statement on your website, it is visable, palpable when you walk into your premises or meet your people.
Creativity is not just a fantastic insurance policy against change- but a huge driver to maximise from it.
We can provide tools for improved Creativity in your organisation if you are interested in finding out more contact us on email@example.com