So I didn’t receive HO Trains for Christmas. Oh well. There’s always next year. Anyway, readers of my September “Back on the Bus” blog might recall I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, which have become somewhat of a clichéd ritual. Unlike those crisp and sharp September mornings that pull me back to the books with my mind wide open, the beginning of the new year triggers a different reaction that inspires revolution, not resolution. I’m talking about a sudden profound change. A positive revolution. Transformation that leads to innovation. Tabula rasa. An opportunity to reset, start over, begin again and reinvent myself. In Paul Arden’s inspiring book, “Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite,” he shows – through anecdotes and quotes – how there is nothing more dangerous than playing it safe. He challenges us to rethink everything and take bigger risks that will make our life and work more rewarding.
So I challenge you to think differently this year and overthrow your existing beliefs. Forget about making lists! Dig deeper and explore new ways of doing things. Try something at work that has never been done and is truly revolutionary. Implement a new process or get rid of an existing one that’s clogging the system. But don’t just change for the sake of change. Update, eliminate and renovate for the better. Make a change in yourself, too. A personal revolution. Sometimes a new wardrobe, haircut or specs can really make you feel different about yourself and ultimately change the way you think about life and work. Shake up your daily routine! Wake up on a different side of the bed. Trade in your bowl of Cheerios for some eggs and bacon. Change your office routine, too. Have your staff meetings in a different place each week. Stop eating lunch at your desk and grab a bite with a coworker. And sometimes choose to take the long way home.
Glenn John Arnowitz is Director of Global Creative Services for Pfizer and co-founder of InSource. He is a designer, musician, composer, writer, actor and speaker, always looking for new ways to scratch that insatiable creative itch.