I want to tackle the new year with a similar mindset but keep some of those things I learned and picked up in 2016. Since this might be interesting to some of you, I wanted to share these things. I documented most of them in the last 50+ posts I wrote this year (another habit which I will continue), so this is just a summary of the most important ones that are here to stay.
Funding on Kickstarter is a little bit different than shopping on Amazon. Some of the advertised projects are on a prototype base and the campaign helps them fund the production so you'd have to wait for 6 - 18 months (or even longer) on the final product, depending on the status quo. Instant gratification after your purchase is usually not the case.
You might know the feeling that when you enter a room and you get a sense of it or you really know when your best friend is sad although she might not be showing it. That is your EQ telling you something is wrong with how things seem to be and how you percieve them. This is important, because it gives you context and can serve as a conversation starter.
That is the reason why I want to share some examples on how listening can benefit your daily life on this Monday.
As a marketer first, I breathe on creativity and content. My hobbies are also creativity focused, be it music or writing or taking pictures. So, as you could imagine, being original and creative 100% of the time is impossible and I envy people who are for example professional writers who put out original content everyday.
What I wanted to get into for the weekend is the process of how to get your fire burning and keep it lit so to speak. This is also a perfect opportunity to share your experience with others, everyone might have another method - so feel free to post a comment.
I've been thinking about habits lately and how I design my goals so that I keep on going forward. The most basic change I've made over the last decade or so is that I stopped setting milestones extraordinarily high. There might still be overall goals that are partnered with me for life, but on a daily basis, I've gotten far more realistic. Translating goals and achievments into habits is crucial to see it through. So anything that you want to succeed in, start with just 10-20 minutes a day.
So the beginner's mind is great if you'd like to swim in an ocean where you don't know where to go. You might find a beautiful island, you might be bitten by sharks or you just drown. Basically it's high risk / high reward. It's great for generating new ideas, perspectives or simply for a steep learning curve.
When you think about an artist, what comes to mind? Someone looking like Dalí, entering a complete empty and white room with just a brush and some colors on the floor? Do you think of a monk who enters a room full of motivational posters or do you think about someone like Steve Jobs?
People experience creativity differently, but I think the one thing that uniquely combines all of those creative types is how theyhandle restrictions.
Let me start with this - I'am not a morning person. I've never been one and I obviously never will be, but to "abolish the snooze function" was the best decision I made for starting my day, for the past years.
For all the "non-snoozers" out there and "morning people" let me tell you, you've missed out on a great experience! Waking up in bed and just continue a disruptive half-sleep cycle is brilliant - you can enjoy the warmth of your bed way longer in a semi-conscious state and get the feeling of having more sleep before waking up. Since this strechtes from 20 - 90 minutes, depends on each individual case, the experience can also be quite exhausting.
Everybody is preaching to practice speed reading and filtering information as fast as humanly possible. Everything is measured by the minute - sometimes you wonder how top managers supposedly live according to the daily press coverage.
As I agree totally on reading as much as possible and as interesting as it gets, I wouldn't agree to read everything fast and furious.
When you are young and restless you think that the whole world is your dance floor and every door stands wide open. Every company will willingly pay you a lot and let you do your work from home or while sitting in a Starbucks.
Although many comapnies nowadays promise exactly that the reality is different.
Inspiration is one of those things that cannot be controlled. The same comes with creativity, sometimes you just need that spark that get's you going, that will ultimately help you to solve a problem.
Unfortunately you can't just buy inspiration in a can and be done with it. The problem is that it will hit you most likely when you are not ready for it.