Isn’t it funny that many spur of the moment decisions turn out to be the best ones? That the “gut feeling” you’ve been fighting actually turns out to be right?
It started like any other Friday
It was a Friday, much like any other, when my husband texted me to say he wanted to grab a few beers after work with co-workers to celebrate the end of a large, grueling project. I had no objection, so I went about my normal activities, then went to pick up my daughter after school.
And quickly took some delightful upturns courtesy of my kids
The first thing she did was show me the results of two tests she had taken that day- both with a big fat A+. To say I was delighted was an understatement- these were subjects she had been struggling with for many weeks- consistently getting D’s and even an F. If I could have turned cartwheels, I would have laid out 5 in a row (Alas, those days are over- unless I want to pay a trip to the ER).
Next we went to pick up her brother at daycare. He had had an exceptionally good day too- potty training had really begun in earnest, and no accidents to report. Yippee!
So I rewarded them (and me) with ice cream for dinner
And that’s exactly what we had- sundaes all around and we picked out a movie to watch while we were enjoying our treat. And we thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I cackled with glee the entire time I was dipping my spoon in the sundae.
You see, I’m a very regimented, scheduled person. And while that serves me well, sometimes my inner child asks, “Is that all there is? Isn’t there more to life?”
I joke often that growing up is the worst thing that can ever happen to a child. Why? Because we often lose our sense of wonder. Of fun. Of delight. Of pure unadulterated living in the moment and grasping it tight with both hands. Of seeing possibilities. Of exploring new adventures and seeking out new opportunities. And at that moment in time that ice cream sundae was the best thing I had tasted in a long time.
Why am I telling you this story? Because I see too many examples of amazing people failing to reach their potential. Too fearful of taking the next step because “What if?”
I don’t want you to be that person. So, how can we apply having ice cream for dinner to the business world? Following are several examples. Feel free to offer up more examples in the comments.
Here’s examples of “having ice cream for dinner” in the business world
- Eliminating the “But that’s the way we’ve always done it” mentality.
- Ask for help from others who are specialists in fields you are not. I’ve come to realize the skills I’m good at- insurance education & sales, writing and social media engagement. I do not have the skills or desire for designing and implementing internal agency processes, website design, SEO or measuring analytics. So I seek out the assistance of those who are good at what I am not. Yes, I pay these people for their talent. But it’s so much better than me spending hours and hours fiddling around when I could be playing to my strengths.
- Doing something you’ve always done in a brand new way.
- Actually celebrating wins with your staff- because those people allow you to do what you’re good at and should be rewarded. In fact,2014 was one of my agency’s best years yet. So we had a big lunch out with a glass of wine. Yes, during the working day. And you know what? It was glorious.
- Take a lesson from Cars– “turn left to go right.” It ain’t easy, but ultimately rewarding.
- Find that cheerleader who will help you “turn left to go right.”
- Step outside the box so boldly that people can’t help but notice. Note- step out in a positive way, not one that lands you in jail 😉
- Mix up your schedule from time to time. We ALL get into a rut. While that’s great for productivity, it sure beats the hell out of creativity. And I’m a firm believer that you need both to be successful.
Start small if you must. But just start. You’ll be glad you did. And I bet that ice cream sundae will be the most satisfying sundae you’ve ever tasted.