Explore Your Surroundings for Inspiration and a Fresh Perspective
Many of us live in amazing places and don’t explore our surrounding environments. Why is this even important? Because looking around you, at your natural and manmade environments, can inspire you and give you a fresh perspective. How?
Helps You Realize You Are Not Alone
I am in the DC Metro area. There are times I have felt alone as a solopreneur. One cure is to get outside, to be around other people and small businesses. They are everywhere! People smile, they give you compliments, and they have dogs you can pet! The businesses sell delicious coffee, treats and wonderful gifts. On and on and on. Even a quick little trip into your surrounding environment helps you realize you are not alone.
Helps You Be Creative
Sometimes I get stuck. My days get stale. Hey, it happens to all small business owners, even though we love our businesses and working with clients.
Recently I took a trip to my backyard playground, the National Mall in DC. I *needed* to see the famous painters at the National Gallery of Art; the elephant and jellyfish at the National Museum of Natural History; the Washington Monument and the Capitol; the people playing on the Mall and having picnics. When I was in Michigan, I went to the Great Lakes, walked the river trails, visited small towns and shopped on their Main Streets. I reacquainted myself with Northern Michigan, a place of my childhood. When I travel, I make random stops at places that interest me and explore my surroundings.
When I go on trips like this, I always take paper and pen to write with. Yes, I can write with my phone, but I prefer paper and pen. I come up with fresh ideas, connections between our world and business, ways I personally can grow. It is almost magical. Exploring my natural and manmade environments helps me be creative.
Helps You Dream Bigger
Maybe you hit a rough spot in your sales. Time to dig in, folks. Every time I get out into my environment, whether in Michigan or DC or wherever, I see thousands of apartments, homes, businesses. I know many of them are my target and that I can, and will, reach them. I know how many clients I need and I know how to listen to them, to form business relationships with them. With my fresh perspective, it is time to get back in the game, to dream bigger, and to make dreams become reality.
Dream big. Execute small. Be consistent. Wrap it all up in a plan. And make sure you get out into your natural and manmade environment from time to time for inspiration and a fresh perspective. We all need it from time to time.