Have you ever experienced a season of chaos? Where every time you opened an email or answered the phone, there was another challenge facing you. I have faced this season over the past few months. As a business owner, leader, sales person and really, human being…the most important thing for us to manage is our energy.
I am dedicating this blog to my courageous husband. This month I witnessed him, along with seven of his friends, compete in and complete the Tough Mudder. The Tough Mudder is a 10-mile obstacle course, designed by an English counterterrorism officer. It’s tough, it’s grueling, it’s muddy, it pushes you through fear and unique challenges. You jump deep into ice water, throw yourself waste high into a mud trench and get electrocuted…on purpose. There are numerous other obstacles that you would have to be either a little off-centre or challenged by your friends to choose to take part in.
I am just returning from getting my daughter started on the next chapter in her life journey. She has moved overseas to attend Teachers College in Wales, UK. We had the chance to explore her new city together and to share in creating some of our own amazing memories. Shoes and Shampagne (shouldn’t they be spelt the same?)! Or choes and champagne? Either way, we didn’t find it difficult to connect with these integral parts of the culture there.
Creativity is not typically part of the conversation when discussing sales…and yet, it is a distinct differentiator. The most effective sales conversations happen when you leverage creativity.
Creativity is something that we all have an innate human need for. When we open up our minds to creativity, we are able to find solutions easier, maintain stronger relationships, be more collaborative, find greater excitement in work, think of innovative ideas, inspire others, build balance and so much more.
This summer I took on a challenge (opportunity) that was presented to me from my dear friend Kate. She said “do you want to go on a yoga/kayak/wilderness adventure?” Without much thought, I felt a “hell yes” stir inside of me and I followed my instincts. The description of the trip was for a beginner that had not kayaked, which neither of us had. We were both seeking a connection to nature and to experience new things in life…really to slow down our pace and enjoy life in a new way. We are both workaholics and have been focused on the “pause”, so this was the perfect chance to do that. We had no idea what we were truly in for.