As we started up the trail, I noticed that I had to pay attention in a way that I normally don’t. The fallen tree that we usually hop over was a climb in this direction. The roots and rocks that my feet are accustomed to navigating without notice were in different places and posed a tripping hazard. When we came upon a fork in the road, I had to stop and look because it wasn’t immediately obvious which way to go.
I love this kind of experience! It makes me wake up! It brings to my attention, all of the ways that I go through life on auto pilot without really noticing three-quarters of what is happening around me.
And, it reminds me how imperative it is that we find regular (but not habitual) ways to “shake-up” our perspective and try to see things with a fresh mind. Driving home a different way from work; trying a new restaurant or a new food; reading a new book on a familiar subject… all of these are ways that we can shift our perspective and see the world “anew!”
And of course, my favorite is taking a class! (I’ll bet you guessed that!) Professional development is about more than just getting better at your job skills. It’s about stretching yourself mentally- and sometimes emotionally. It’s about meeting new people and hearing about new ways of doing things. It’s about looking inward, and assessing how you are doing from a new point of view.Contact us if you want to learn more about the courses we offer!
Written by Claire Laughlin, Consultant & Trainer