It isn’t always about what we know. Often it is more about what we do with what we know. Do you have energized action?
We hear about it before the meeting, the workshop, or the conference breakout session.
I’m not attending because I already know that stuff.
That’s about as basic as it comes, I’m going to a different session.
These meetings are so boring, we always talk about the same stuff.
There is a difference between knowing and action. How you react to opportunities will often depend on how you look at them.
Open to Opportunity
Many people stop listening, often before they even start listening.
There are the stereotypes, biases, and the “set ways” that often keep people from learning more.
Our mindset and how we approach opportunities with differences depends on what happens next. What happens next is your action.
A coffee shop owner may have different business experience from the clock shop owner. One business author writes about finance, the other about marketing. The YouTuber gets a million hits from the skateboard event, another from an artistic display of human generosity.
When we block out new or different information, we set limits. We shelter and close the frame on our design. Having a frame can help us digest new or large volumes of information but never adjusting the frame will limit future outcomes.
Energized action comes from the willingness to adjust the frame. It comes from exploration, risk, and a propensity to see opportunity in differences.
You may feel like you already know it all. You may feel that you’ve mastered the craft. Yet, you may be surprised how things look through a different lens.
You want your next opportunity? You want energized action?
Give opportunity a chance.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.