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Challenge yourself to get better and then set goals

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How do we get good at anything?

Practise, practise, practise.

This point was recently hammered home at a conference where an interactive professor told us he wrote one interactive exercise every day. On the second day of the conference, a humorist told us that he challenges himself to write seven jokes a day.

And then I read  about Thomas Edison, who held 1,093 patents, was a believer in exercising his mind and who challenged himself to create a minor invention every 10 days and a major invention every six months. Wow.

Rather than wait for ideas to occur to you, consider generating ideas on a regular basis — write them down, don’t judge or scrutinize them just yet, just let them accumulate.

If you are trying to solve a problem, fix a relationship, become a better leader or partner or even dog owner, try challenging yourself to come up with x number of ideas per ____.

I am working on poems, and I have challenged myself to crank out a poem a week.
So far I have done tribute poems for early childhood educators, office professionals, healthcare providers, Christmas holidays and one to welcome my daughter’s boyfriend into our home.

I am having tonnes of fun with them and continue to surprise and amuse myself.  

Are they all great? Nope — but perhaps one of them will be one day and in the meantime I am expanding the way I think.

I’ll leave you with a little poem written especially for this occasion:

Thanks for reading what I write
There’s so much competition for your sight
I hope your mind starts to expand
When you challenge yourself to understand
That personal growth (professional growth too)
Doesn’t just start to happen to you
It needs to be nurtured and worked on and tried
It needs to be practiced and considered and defined
And I promised you’ll find that when you do
You’ll discover an even better version of you

There, that’s my poem for this week!

What can you do to generate more ideas?

Stephanie Staples is a St. Vital based motivational speaker and the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success. You can find more resources for life enrichment at www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca

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