Mini: New Experiences
This week’s challenge is about two thoughts: Doing the same things over and over again and getting the same results, and experiential learning and doing something new!
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Back to this week’s episode which was sparked by the thought that if we keep doing the same things, we’ll get the same results. There are numerous quotations out there that encapsulate this thought, many of which are wrongly attributed to Albert Einstein, but that might be a topic for a separate discussion.
Now consider another thought: that one of the most effective ways to learn something new is through experiential learning. If we combine those two thoughts together, we arrive at a very simple hypothesis: if we try something new, we’ll learn new things. And through discovering new things, we’ll have new experiences.
Now think about your routines and experiences. Where are those repeating experiences showing up for you? Maybe you always have the same brand or type of coffee or tea. Or eat the same breakfast every day. Or commute the same way to the office. Or organise your desktop in the same way? Or go through the same routine when you fall out of bed in the morning. As you think about it, there’s probably lots of repeating routines and patterns that show up for you everyday.
So my challenge for you this week is two fold. Firstly, start to become aware of those repeating experiences. And then, take one and try something different so that you create a new experience. Have a bit of fun and see what you notice from doing something new.
For example, rather than going straight from breakfast to starting your laptop, take a walk outside first. Or rather than going straight to your emails when you first log onto work, do something else instead. Simply experiment so that you create a new experience for yourself and take a moment to notice whether you learnt anything new in the process.
That’s it for this week. Have fun noticing and experimenting and let me know how you got on; either through sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving me a comment on LinkedIn. Until next week, thanks for listening and stay curious.