Spring is a time of hope and new beginnings. Look around you. Birds are building nests. Flowers are blooming. People are getting outdoors and mowing, riding bikes or walking. It’s time to put away that heavy winter coat, break out of your routine, and reinvigorate your life.
In the Beginning
While routines are comfortable and may be perceived as being less risky, breaking out of your comfort zone opens the door to new opportunities in your life. So where do you start? How do you find the inspiration to try something new?
Begin by taking time to be curious about the world around you.
In Michael J. Gelb’s book, “How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci,” Gelb writes: “Great minds ask great questions. The questions that “engage our thought” on a daily basis reflect our life purpose and influence the quality of our lives. By cultivating a Da Vinci-like open, questing frame of mind, we broaden our universe and improve our ability to travel through it.”
He added that Leonardo’s insatiable curiosity, led to a life of continuous learning. “The desire to know, to learn, and to grow is the powerhouse of knowledge, wisdom, and discovery.”
Take the First Step
Gelb suggests the following ideas to get started on your new path of exploration.
- Keep a journal or notebook available and write down questions and thoughts to explore.
- Take time for reflection.
- Learn something new.
- Seek different perspectives.
- Learn about different cultures or languages. Parlez Vous Francais?
- Get feedback from your friends.
OK. So not everyone can be the great artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. For the rest of us, there are other ways to find inspiration. Steve Tobak, a contributing writer for Entrepreneur magazine suggests the following:
- Brainstorm ideas – even the crazy ones – with friends you can trust.
- Drink caffeine (he really suggested this!)
- Turn off the electronics and social media and disconnect for a little while.
- Take a walk.
- Start a project that has nothing to do with work.
- Do something strenuous that will get your blood pumping and neurons firing.
- Sit out in nature.
- Participate in meditation to unblock your mind.
- Play with children or watch them play.
Too far away from nature to experience it or don’t like the bugs? Why not watch nature shows on your local public broadcasting TV station? The website TinyBuddha.com offers multiple ways to open yourself up to new ideas, such as saying yes to something you’ve always said no to because you might be embarrassed. Join a meetup group; there is usually little to no cost involved. Volunteer to help a friend, someone in your neighborhood, or at your church or local non-profit. Bake cookies and share them. For more ways to make change happen visit: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/50-ways-to-open-your-world-to-new-possibilities/.
While taking that first step out of your routine can be a scary one, it’s well worth it if you are seeking a better life experience overall. Who knows? You may make a new friend or start a new hobby or even find a career you love!