7 years later. Still doing firsts.
People ask me all the time, “Are you still doing firsts?”
Yep! I look for first opportunities every day. I don’t blog or document them every day, like I did 7 years ago when I started January 1st, 2010. Trust me though. Firsts are just part of my life now; an important part. I hope to convince you to make them a part of your life too.
A friend just sent me this article about how difficult it is for us as humans to do new things. Studies show almost half of our activities are a habit, rote; we don’t even think about them. In our careers and personal lives, we default to what we know or what we think we know and that can lead to stuck and stale for our organizations and ourselves.
And that’s why, I seek what’s new, why I teach to “Do the NEW”. It just helps us live better lives.
“What have you done lately?” you ask.
Well, yesterday was a twofer!
I went to my very first cookie making party in Allentown thanks to my friends Julie, Kelli, and Gwen. (I know. I don’t know how I never got to a cookie making party before but I want to do this first again.)
I was determined not to eat any of the cookies I brought home. Big fail on that one.
Come on! My car smelled like cookies!
Then it was off to hobnob with co-workers at my very first Temple Basketball game. We won. But seriously! Have you attended a college basketball game recently? I had no idea we had dancers, cheerleaders, big screens, live crowd camera, t-shirt tosses…
A long long way from college basketball games I remember.
I know. Who has time every day to go to all of this stuff? No one. It’s why we have to incorporate FIRSTS into our every day.
In my work, as a keynote speaker and as the Director of Career Services in the Klein College of Media and Communication, I’m always looking to improve, tweak, change to meet new goals, learn from mistakes. I resist, doing something the exact same way because there is always room to change.
No matter how expert you are at what you do, you MUST KEEP CHANGING IT UP. In business and in our lives, the world is moving too fast to rest on your laurels.
These little fun firsts we do…cookies, games…. That just keeps us primed for bigger firsts and challenges in our life.
It’s okay. I know you like your routines; especially your holiday routines.
You can keep most of them. Just make sure you have a little something new always going on.
Your most valuable gift to you is “do the new”.