What I love most about the spring isn’t Opening Day of baseball season or more daylight after a long winter. It’s the intoxicating smell of change the season brings to each of us every year. It’s strange, but I am seized with the desire to create, curate and change directions. And although starting something new or taking something in a completely new direction can be daunting on a good day, there is no better time for you to dare to activate your ideas because most of the planet is in creation mode.
Every time you see a sign of spring—from a flowering bulb bursting from the ground into bloom to a pile of little kids scrambling around on a ball field—make a point of acting upon your own possibilities for renewal with your business, projects, relationships, or creative endeavors.
What parts of your life are begging for renewal? And how—on a practical level—do you go about initiating this kind of change?
Innovative Café Time
From an entrepreneurial perspective, one way to get you started on this path is to fill your schedule with phone dates, hikes, museum jaunts, or café time with other interesting, successful, innovative entrepreneurs who you have been admiring from afar. I have seen many a venture start from a tea date of genius. Don’t think of this time as “social”—think of it as a boost, like a shot of B12, to stimulate your thinking and get your energies flowing in sync with growth and renewal of the season.
Organizational Idea Retreat
For folks within large organizations, create a list of the most inspiring people across the organization and reach out via text, IM, email, or phone to schedule “an idea retreat. “ These are ideation sessions—off the record and intended only to give voice to new concepts, recommendations for change, or new directions to explore. Encourage colleagues to take that muzzle off and spring forward with ideas during these curated idea-sharing meetings. In an ideal world, the meeting would be “recorded” graphically by a visual artist. Nothing is a more inspirational reminder of the energy and excitement of collaborative ideation retreat than that.
If you are a quiet soul who would rather curl up and die then participate in an idea retreat, consider taking your imagination out for a walk. Change up your weekly routine and carve out time for your imagination to play, paint, doodle, explore, and experiment. Every good idea is born from the imagination and we sometimes neglect this beautiful space within our minds. Feed it this season, nurture it and be sure your creative sensibilities lead the journey.
Happy Spring, Tribe!