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Mindset Jolt #8 – Cultivate wisdom, not just results

Mindset Jolt #8 – Cultivate wisdom, not just results

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 #8: Cultivate wisdom, not just results

Innovation. It’s everywhere, and becoming more and more of a priority in all areas of life and work. Yet it can be a double-edged sword, producing both wanted and unwanted results.

While innovation today depends on exponentially-growing knowledge, available 24/7, Jonas Salk poses a provocative, rhetorical question: “We now have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge?"

What if the call today is not for more innovation, but for innovation guided by these 2 questions?

  1. Just because we can innovate something, is it wise to do so?
  2. How do we cultivate the wisdom we’ll need to produce positive, beneficial results?

“Wisdom as a precursor to innovative results” is something rarely heard in conversations about innovation. So how can we cultivate wisdom in a way that underscores its relevance and importance? One perspective we’ve found helpful is: Wisdom emerges from a synergy of mind and heart.

Over 30 years of research from the HeartMath Institute on the mind-heart relationship provides a clear, practical picture of what this synergy is all about…

  • The heart’s electrical field (EKG) is 60x stronger than the brain’s (EEG), and the heart’s magnetic field is 100x stronger – so the heart can “entrain” the mind
  • When a person has emotions such as anger, frustration, or fear, the heart rate variability is incoherent; by entrainment, this shuts down the brain’s prefrontal cortex, reducing access to wisdom
  • With emotions such as caring, appreciation, and compassion, the heart rate variability is coherent; by entrainment, this increases access to wisdom

Innovating is like any sport: there’s a method to the game, and there’s a scorecard. Wisdom is    required to play the innovation game well, and results are revealed on the scorecard. To raise the results, first cultivate a higher level of wisdom with which to play the game.

Let’s face it… the world today just won’t hold still for a carefully engineered cruise to well-defined, innovative results. Yet when we cultivate, share, and apply wisdom – not just data, information, or knowledge – we provide an extraordinary scope, depth, and balance to the results we produce. Given the ever-evolving nature of our life and work, that’s simply a wise thing to do!

-=-=-=- 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:

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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