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If you do not adapt, if you do not learn, you will wither, you will die.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Opening Doors – It’s a Whole New Week
“It’s Monday, it’s a whole new week” was the first thing I heard an elderly lady state cheerfully and convincingly at the local Audi dealer just a few hours ago. And even earlier today, I noticed a sign saying: “Open a new door every day” during a meeting at Caribou Coffee. These two phrases stuck with me and coincide with my intention to write a piece on opening new doors or in this case: opening a new door on this Monday morning. So here it is.
You can open new doors and keep opening the ones that are working for you, by contemplating and deciding on:
èSeriously considering your assumptions, beliefs, judgments, and hang-ups. They are yours to have or yours to change.
èInviting others to help you get to know your blind spots.
èFocusing on content and process rather than just the packaging and just the end result.
èMoving from “playing safe because making mistakes means failing” to “daring to take risks because making mistakes means learning.”
èDoing a little bit more trusting and appreciating and a little less hesitating and feeling dissatisfied.
èQuitting to constantly compare yourself with others.
èBeing really present in the here-and-now, paying attention and really seeing.
èLetting go of the over-importance of what others think of you.
èMoving from always wanting to be right to being able and willing to acknowledge you’re wrong.
èDoing a little less judging and a little more appreciating differences and benefiting from them.
èMoving from what all of us do at times, which is blaming, finger-pointing, hiding, and denying to acknowledging, acting accountable, and giving credit.
A tribute to that lady. I’m sure she’d love all those new doors and journeys. Make sure you do too!