I have a confession to make. I asked for fly gear, waders and a belly boat and I got my wish for Mother’s Day a few years ago. I make this rig look good and from afar I look like I know what I’m doing. In reality I’ve only caught one fish.
The real reason I wanted the gear was because I have a hard time focusing on one thing. I’m very action oriented. I used to pride myself on multitasking, until I learned that trying to do multiple things at once actually lowers our IQ. My addiction to neuroscience has inspired me to take on activities that are outside my comfort zone so I can grow. You can’t fly fish – in a belly boat or in a stream – with a book or phone in your hand. This requires 100% of my cerebral capacity, plus a little agility.
My husband took a risk with this investment. This is an innovation on the concept of vacation that hasn’t paid back in major capital – or fish – yet. The payback has been intangible yet very real in terms of my personal development, my resiliency and my ability to embrace uncertainty. My experience on the water has made me mentally stronger. It made me wonder what the outcome would be if we gave 10% of our time to innovation in the workplace. What could that possibly unlock in our people in terms of courage and creative capacity?
In their book An Everyone Culture, Kegan and Lacey write about personal development in their chapter on Culture as Strategy: “Research shows that the single biggest cause of work burnout is not work overload but working too long without experiencing your own personal development.”
Research says that millennials desire to make an impact on the world. I’d wager that statistic applies to almost anyone breathing. We were made to participate in community, contribute and create. It makes us smarter and makes the whole better.
What are you doing to get outside your comfort zone today?