2. Actively use what you’ve experienced and learned in other walks of life and in previous careers and settings to enrich and benefit your present career and setting. I find it amazing how many practical insights and effective strategies and wisdom is lost merely because people do not know how to translate from one experience or setting to another. I recently met with a colleague who asked me about my strategy when hitting golf balls. Now, you have to know this was my first encounter with golf balls ever, and it was part of an introduction to his unique method of helping his clients gain insight into their attitudes, habits, and strategies while playing golf. My immediate response was that I focused intensely on the little round hole that I was supposed to get the ball to roll into. I was not worried about missing it. I was not focused on the route the ball had to go before reaching its goal. I was merely focused on the hole and on my ball smoothly and confidently rolling towards it. And I told him this was something I had picked up when I was learning how to ride a motorcycle. When learning to ride an obstacle course on a bike, the main mistake of riders is that they focus on avoiding the obstacles, which focuses their attention to the very thing they’re trying to avoid - the obstacles - and so they run into them. And so did I the first time. When I was told to focus my attention on the smooth, curved, path around the obstacles, and on achieving my goal of touching the space in between the obstacles, I never ran into the obstacles again. The main lesson: What do you focus on? On avoiding things or on accomplishing things? Do you focus on the black background or on the colored foreground? So my advice: Take experiences and lessons-learned from your volunteer jobs, your times at college, your job as a soccer coach with one of your children or your experiences as a lay photographer and translate them to your world of business or whatever setting can use some inspiration and wise lessons.
3. Go back to school. Take a class or a course and immerse yourself in new learning. This keeps your mind sharp and open to new and different ideas and experiences. It’s called continuing education and is an old and very effective way to keep moving and developing.