Look at the world through a new lens
Don’t you just love the feeling of receiving something new or experiencing something new? I sure do. I am a traditionalist by nature — some may even say set in my ways and in my thinking. Yet I still enjoy that feeling newness.
Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, new flooring or maybe even a new home, there is just something fresh, clean and exciting about “new.” They even sell stuff we can spray that fills our cars with “new car” scent. Maybe it’s a new job or a new position. Maybe it’s moving to a new city. And maybe, just maybe, it’s the sense of adventure that something new creates in our hearts and minds.
The newness factor is cool for sure, but I also believe there is a lot to be said for just viewing some of what we already do, what we already have and a little of who we are through a new lens.
A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
You see, new can be a perspective, too. A car with a fresh coat wax, the windows cleaned and a new smell can bring back a little of the excitement of when it was we first purchased.
If our jobs have become mundane or boring, maybe it’s because we stopped looking at the work we do with fresh eyes or inspired meaning. Sometimes the best “new” job is the job we already have. We just have to adjust our scope and look for the good, even look for opportunities to do something new that will make things better for ourselves, our associates and our clients.
Think about it. We can be in control of creating, viewing and experiencing something new without ever having to actually purchase something brand new. This can be applied to our homes, friends, cars, relationships, jobs and workout routines. Don’t get me wrong — I love a new car, new golf clubs or skis just as much as the next enthusiast. However, what I really enjoy is having the ability to look at my existing situation and surroundings and find ways to build newness into those areas that need a little freshening up or excitement.
How about you? Is there an area in your life that could benefit from a little bit of the newness factor? I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, motivational speaker and CEO of http://www.can dogo.com. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.