Last night I was taking a late train home from the city, reading the May issue of Women’s Health Magazine to unwind. I had just finished a really stimulating Expert Panel at ?WhatIf! on Skinny Innovation so my brain was still a bit in overdrive.
In between the articles on flatter abs and firmer buns, I came across an article about will power that really struck a chord.
The secret it seems to mastering the previously insurmountable task of controlling mind and body is ….drum roll please…eating with your left hand.
The article said if you are normally right-handed, but make an effort to break out of this pattern and eat with your left hand you will have more control over what you eat. After repeated forced use of your “less dominant” side, not only does will power improve but overall complex task mastery as well.
I found this really thought provoking with a potentially interesting twist for innovation.
I started to think about activities I take for granted and wondered if a little conscious detour could actually help me become more aware, more focused and perhaps more creative.
Here’s a few “left-handed” ideas:
Re-arrange the furniture in your office, cube, or just the layout of the stuff on your desk. (At ?WhatIf! they have open seating and everyone chooses a different location every day depending on their mood).
Take a different route to work. If you take the subway try the bus, if you walk try a different street, if you drive take a detour (or better yet…ride your bike!).
Switch from coffee to tea for the day.
Let someone else lead the meeting you usually chair.
Boxers to briefs?
You get the idea. Go out of your way to change a “second nature” behavior and see what develops.
That’s my point of View. What’s your twist?
What’s your “left-handed” trick?