My morning jog routine takes me by a cornfield. (Yes, I live in Iowa. Yes, there are cornfields by my house. Lots of them, in fact!)
The farmers around here “flip-flop” crops every few years. Corn for three, soybeans for one. Corn for five, soybeans for two. You get the idea.
It keeps the soil fresh and eliminates crop ruts. The soil can only grow corn for so long before it needs a change of pace, so to speak.
I think our minds are the same way. We need to have “new crops” planted in our minds to keep the soil fresh. 1 Simply put, we need to be stretched. Putting ourselves in unfamiliar places to eliminate “mind ruts.”
What does this look like?
- Go to a networking event in your town or city, even if you’re terrified to do so.
- Work out of a coffee shop for the day. (Without asking for permission.)
- Take notes when reading a book. Write down every thought that comes to mind. Don’t just move onto the next page, but sit with the author and absorb what they’re saying.
- Ship your product.
- Intentionally put yourself in uncomfortable situations. I’ve had a few this week that readily come to mind. I’m still here, by the way.
While routine is good and keeps us from going insane, it’s also necessary to gain a higher perspective. Eliminating “mind ruts” is the best way to do that.
- I’m stretching the metaphor, but go with me on this one! ↩