Stop Working and Start Wondering

Ian Paul Marshall —  April 16, 2011

Stop working - start wonderingIt’s time to stop working. Stop answering emails, putting out fires, creating to do lists, finishing those to do lists, and going to meetings. It’s time to stop everything that makes up an average day in the “working” world. It’s time to put on the brakes.

There’s nothing wrong with doing all those things. That’s the oomph needed to get things done.

But success is more than crossing things off your checklist.

Success is about pushing yourself and your business farther than you’ve been before. It’s about creating more value. Connecting deeper with your clients and customers. And truly bringing to life unimaginable excellence in everything that you do.

But it’s hard to make that leap because we’re all so busy.

The busyness of life keeps us from tapping into the amazing power that’s within us. And that’s why you need to stop working. Just for a moment. Maybe an hour. Maybe even a day.

Stop working and start wondering.

  • Wondering what your client really wants
  • Wondering about how you can become best in you field
  • Wondering about how to connect more deeply with your people
  • Wondering if there’s a new way to do something
  • Wondering about starting something completely new

Stop working IN the business and start working ON the business.

Craft up a new vision. Create a new direction. Or take a look at the old way you’ve done things and see if you can do it better.

And the only way you can do that is by doing it.

By scheduling in your full stop.

But it’s not enough to be still. You need to poke the bears. Stir the pot. Kick the hornets nest. You need to provoke yourself.

Open your mind up to new possibilities.

Try smooshing some weird concepts together. This will get the creative juices flowing.

Like if Steve Jobs were to do your job how would he do it?

If you only had $1000 to market your product how would you do it?

How could you add an element of Lady Gaga’s flashiness to your next sales meeting to seal the deal?

What could you remove from your life that would make things easier?

What can you say or do to make the jerk at work transform into the nicest guy in the universe?

If all the bills were taken care of, what would you do with your day?

Schedule in the wondering. Let your mind wander to places it’s never been to before.

You just might be surprised by what you discover.

Ian – Your Success Wingman