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You’re stuck. Something’s amiss in your business but you’re not sure what. Your business feels stuck and stalled. The business routine you’ve fallen into is no longer creating the traction you want, it’s dull and worn out. You know that something has to change…but you’re not sure what to change. Hmmm….but your inner voice is persistent and continues to nag at you telling you there is a “something else” in the way of a solution. Bad news, you have absolutely NO idea of what that “something else” is and what tactic to try next.
After trying (forcefully) to figure out which way to go when my business seemed to be at a fork in the road, my coach suggested a tool that was the catalyst for shifting the energy, getting me re-connected again, and clarifying my thoughts.
Yep, I know you’ve already guessed it…a timer!
Here’s how it works:
1. Get rid of all distractions
Turn off the phone, TV, computer and take yourself somewhere you can be alone and uninterrupted for 15 minutes. If the weather permits — go outside and sit under a tree. Bring a notebook and pen.
2. Relax and simply listen to the sounds around you
If you’re outside you might hear birds or the wind moving through the trees, or inside you may be more aware of the clock ticking or the sounds in your office. Set your timer for 15 minutes.
3. Start Writing
Write down (without over-analyzing) 100 things that you want to do, people you’d like to work with, products you’d like to create……….write down the first ideas that come to you. Write down everything that comes to mind, especially if it’s those wild and crazy ideas that we usually push away.
Notice what happens halfway through the exercise. Is your writing coming fast and furious as things start to hum? Are you starting to feel gooey and loosened up inside? Hopefully you begin to connect with a different energy from “stuck” and stuff starts to bubble.
Ding! The timer goes off. Put the list away and try not to look at it, or *god forbid* revise it in any way, for a day or two.
The point here is not to create some dang-foolish list that never sees the light of day…BUT to open your mind to the idea that anything is possible.
Take out your list a few days later. Is there anything on the list that you hadn’t really thought of until you were forced to write 100 things down? Any surprises?
When I did this exercise a common thread surfaced — I wanted to connect to and have my voice heard by a wider circle. I took two actionable steps that helped me out of my business rut and eased my frustration. I joined Ocean State Toastmasters to hone my skills toward speaking at conferences and I started writing a book. I’m happy to report that this Fall I’ll be a featured speaker at the Reinvention Convention and my book is nearing its launch.
And it all started with my timer and 15 minutes!
So, here’s my adventures to transformation™ challenge to you: Take the time to try this simply, yet amazing, brainstorming exercise. I’m betting that you’ll be surprised at how effective this simple exercise is!
Make your business an adventure to transformation!
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