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Jolt #2 – Make time an ally, not an obstacle

Jolt #2 – Make time an ally, not an obstacle

Welcome to our 3-Minute Conscious Innovator™ process!

Are you ready for a new, insight-provoking “Jolt” … something that challenges conventional thinking about the "right" mindset for being innovative? It's not that the conventional understanding is wrong - just limited.

Jolts wake us up. They emphasize a shift of focus that taps into a deeper, more expansive consciousness. The result can be profound insights into yourself and others that bring out your full, innovative potential, whether in small, daily tasks or major projects. 

Jolt #2: Make time an ally, not an obstacle

What keeps you from being innovative in your everyday work?

During our decades of work in the field of innovation, across many cultures and industries, one answer has stood out:

“I don’t have time.”

Isn’t that interesting – to think of innovation as a function of time?

If we all have the natural capacity to be innovative built into our DNA, why would we allow time to dictate how and when we express that natural inclination? What if we reversed the roles, so that time is subservient to being innovative, rather than innovation being subservient to time?

What could break the bonds of time so we can energize and express our inherent ability to be innovative in the natural flow of everyday work?

The present moment!

When we are fully conscious and fully aware in the present moment, time becomes malleable. Have you had the experience of so intently working on something that 4 hours seemed like only 1? Or something was so stressful that working 1 hour seemed like 4? Our sense of time, and how productive we can be with time, can be so elastic.

Susan Fowler, an expert on the science of motivation with Ken Blanchard Companies, gives us great guidance when it comes to time, “Stop managing your time. Start managing your energy.”

We once worked with a team who was given a goal to “Develop an effective system to capture detailed specific learning from significant projects.” We asked them to personalize the goal in a way that was most meaningful to them. Their new goal was to “Develop a system enabling the technical and professional growth of every individual on the team by sharing and celebrating our learning.”

Guess which one inspired them to manage their unleashed energy instead of just managing time!

We can be the master of time, each in our own unique way, rather than time being our master. Then innovation becomes a natural part of our everyday work, rather than an add-on. It just depends on the level of meaning, concentration and energy we give in the ever-present “now”!

What if we started each morning, being fully present in the moment with a quiet mind, and then asking, “What energizes me to be, think and act innovatively today?”

-=-=-=- Now it's your turn -=-=-=-

Being a Conscious Innovator™  has a 3 phase cyclical process: become aware, capable, and versatile. Try on this Jolt in your life and work, then take 1 minute each to engage in the process:

  1. Become aware – What is 1 new awareness you have about yourself, others and your situation?
  2. Identify your capability – What is 1 personal value and 1 strength you can draw from and put into practice?
  3. Take versatile action – What is 1 action you can take to apply your awareness and capability in ways you have not thought of before?

-=-=-=- An invitation to join our process and share your insights -=-=-=-

If you haven’t already, we’d love for you to join our process and share your own experiences, while learning from the experiences of others! We appreciate what one person said about the Jolt process itself:

Innovation is a world by itself. It can change lives and help people become more positive. Doing a Jolt is already something! A new habit that promotes innovation and reflection.

It’s totally FREE to participate. To sign up and join us, go to this link and follow the easy directions: https://innovate.vci.global/p/the-3-minute-conscious-innovator

Even if you haven’t participated up to this point, it’s never too late to start the process! It’s like a concise gym workout that provides an insightful “pause that refreshes” and evokes your unique, innovative potential in life and work.

 

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