Do you make resolutions each year only to break them, or forget about them by February? This year, I’d like you to resolve to do one thing and one thing only: begin thinking more creatively. If you do this, then you’ll be able to figure out how to accomplish all the goals on your list in later years. In 1999, I picked up a book that changed the way I think – and subsequently – changed my life for the better.
I have always been a fan of Leonardo da Vinci, so when I saw Michael Gelb’s book, How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, I bought it. This book lays out da Vinci’s seven principles: Curiosita, Dimonstrazione, Sensazione, Sfumato, Arte/Scienza, Corporalita, and Connessione. Gelb takes each of these principles and provides exercises to help you incorporate them into your life.
The one thing that had the most profound impact on me was Gelb’s power question: what one thing could I stop doing, start doing or do differently today that would most improve the quality of my life? My answer: stop driving two hours per day for work. Because as David Norris has said, “How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.”
Now, once you answer your power question, you must develop a plan to achieve it. I figured that if you work from home, no driving is involved. You can spend more time with your family, and actually have more productive work time as well. My plan evolved into my company, My Creative Team.
So, what one thing can you do, stop doing or do differently this year that would improve your life? If you decide to take this creative journey over the next year, please let me know how things are going.