April 25, 2011 - When is the last time you delighted in your inner child? When is the last time you laughed out loud for the simple pleasure and enjoyment in the moment? When is the last time you played, imagined, wondered, or explored like you did when you were young and care-free? Sound silly you say? Not at all. If your nose is always to the grindstone, then chances are you are missing a great deal of opportunities and potential breakthrough answers to your challenges because you are not taking time to play. Countless studies have proven that R&R and play time are also pay time for stimulating ideas and solutions.
Take an MM&I Moment to schedule some play time and R&R time this week. Whether it is going to a funny movie, playing board games, or going exploring on a trail or at a park, make some time to simply enjoy some time. Another way to approach play is to determine that for one day you will view it through the eyes of a child from the moment you get up to the moment you rest your head at night. What I mean by this is that you will notice things and delight in things like a child delights in the simplest things. For instance, the shapes of clouds in the sky, the animals scurrying on the side of the road, the beat of the windshield wipers to music, searching for rainbows at a hint of sunshine through the rain, counting the seconds between thunder and lightning, and the list goes on. What will be most amazing about this exercise? After doing this for a day or even throughout this week, you will also find that you notice other things more easily, such as an opportunity from a simple comment made by someone you are speaking to or taking an extra 30 seconds to glance at an article that spawns an idea or solution for your business or a customer.
Synergized Quote of the Week
"The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable." - Carl Gustav Jung
Savvy Secret Tip of the Week
The ability to flex and adapt is what has always made America's entrepreneurs the foundation of economic recovery. However, companies that have set themselves apart as the go-to, preferred resource in their marketplace also understand the importance of being "inflexible" where it counts the most. To read more about this important distinguishing factor to growth and sustainability, CLICK HERE.
ADDRESSING CERTIFICATE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENTS AT BELK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS on 4/27: I will be speaking to the Intro and Advanced Entrepreneurship classes at UNC-Charlotte's Belk College of Business on Wednesday, April 27th.The global aspect that its Director, Dr. Kevin Toomb, is also incorporating into the curriculum is especially impressive for the future of the emerging businesses that will ultimately be inspired as a result of the program. It truly excites me that universities have finally realized the value and importance of entrepreneurship as a basis of study.For more information about UNC Belk College of Business' Certificate of Entrepreneurship program, CLICK HERE.
SPRING INTO SMART SUCCESS MAY 5 AT THE SPEEDWAY CLUB: I am excited to announce the presentations of the entrepreneurial minds behind three success stories in my books, who will be featured speakers at the eWomenNetwork Greater Charlotte's Spring into SMART Success event on Thursday, May 5th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Club in Concord, NC. From my book, 50 Marketing Secrets, Gail Martin of DreamSpinner Communications (Success Story in Secret #46) will be speaking on Facebook for Business. Sara Seasholtz of Preferred Financial Strategies (Success Story in Secret 50 ) will be speaking on "Do You Know Your Competency Score?" From my book, Me, Myself & Inc., Debbie Peterson of Money Counts, Inc. (Success Story in Chapter 9) will be speaking on "Who is in Control? You or Your Money?" These dynamic entrepreneurs are just three of eleven speakers in this fast-track day of insight and know-how to catapult your skills to a whole new level of success. Don't waste another minute! CLICK HERE for more information and to register.