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20 Ways to Make Personal Innovation a Part of Your Life

September 16, 2010

20 Ways to Make Personal Innovation a Part of Your Life

Personal innovation is about continually refreshing your life, growing as a person, stretching to new horizons, and adding new and invigorating dimensions that energize and enrich you as a person. Here are twenty ways to make personal innovation a revitalizing part of your life.

  1. Empower yourself to explore new activities, aspects of life, the world around you, and how you can make a positive difference.
  2. Pursue vigorously that which you love or want to learn more about
  3. Experiment with activities, projects, and endeavors that use your talents in different ways and enable you to develop new skills and knowledge while creating value.
  4. Challenge the conventional wisdom or long-held beliefs about who you are, what you can do, and what you can be. Challenge your assumptions.
  5. Challenge your own ideas and assumptions. Ask yourself tough questions, such as, “How do I know this is true?” or “What information am I not seriously weighing which could form the basis for other/different beliefs?” Invite others you trust to challenge your ideas and ways of thinking, as well.
  6. Identify and embrace best practices about the activities that interest you and can be applied to help achieve a greater good. Continually ask, “What’s a better way?” Learn from people who are working on similar goals or by approaching the same tasks differently.
  7. Make a habit of learning from others and apply what you learn to enrich your own life and the lives of others.
  8. Open yourself to consider new ideas, even when you disagree with them. Find the nuggets of truth that will enhance, supplement, improve, balance, or advance your own understanding. Allow your thoughts and perspective to evolve as you listen, learn, and embrace all the information available.
  9. Engage in “What if . . .?” thinking.
  10. Participate in activities and projects with people who have diverse perspectives and talents. Learn from them.
  11. Identify what is missing in your life and craft a plan to go after it. Look outside of yourself.
  12. Ask: What do I want next for my life? What will enrich it?
  13. Develop a personal vision for your future and the communities you wish to impact.
  14. Embrace a meaningful purpose.
  15. Identify and emulate positive role models.
  16. Look at yourself from the outside, as others might see you. Identify and act on areas where you perceive room for personal innovation, or reinvent obsolete aspects of yourself, improving them from the past.
  17. Learn a new skill or develop a new expertise.
  18. Seek sources of inspiration by exposing yourself to new things – stimulating activities and new environments. Surround yourself with creative people in diverse places.
  19. Spend time in other cultures or subcultures and learn from their beliefs and practices.
  20. Reassess yourself and indentify areas in which you feel overly complacent; then determine how you can rejuvenate.

Which of these resonate with you? Consider choosing a couple starting points, and then do it! Or use this list to trigger your own ideas. The most important part is taking the next steps, and observing where you find yourself. You can empower yourself to explore many avenues of personal innovation.

Also . . . if you have ideas and suggestions for expanding this list, I’d love to hear them.

Steve Weitzenkorn

Steve Weitzenkorn, Ph.D., is a learning innovator, organizational advisor, experienced facilitator, and lead author of Find-Fulfill-Flourish: Discover Your Purpose with LifePath GPS – a book, tool kit, and workshop series focused on guiding people toward more meaningful and fulfilling lives

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. livingeasyandme permalink
    September 16, 2010 7:51 pm

    thank you doctor, this is a helpful guidepost. i hope to read more from your blog. it’s wonderful. 😀

    -edra

    • September 16, 2010 8:34 pm

      Thank you Edra. I’m glad you like the blog and find it helpful. Hearing that means a lot. Please let others know about it too. I look forward to future comments from you.

      Steve

      • livingeasyandme permalink
        September 18, 2010 6:32 am

        Hi again, I actually shared a link to your site via facebook, and I’ve already subscribed here via WordPress. I hope many people get to read your blog. 😀

        All the best,

        edra ^__^

      • September 18, 2010 8:04 am

        Thanks so much!

  2. September 20, 2010 8:02 am

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