To make progress and to change is human. Throughout time, our very survival has depended on our ability to adapt to our environment and collaborate with one another to face the most difficult of conditions. Truth is, it’s no different in business.
To thrive, let alone survive, in today’s business climate, an organization must have the ability to innovate, change, and pivot. Turning our ideas into reality while keeping up with the speed of change in our respective industries is challenging, no doubt. But the reward is always worth it.
Our greatest moments in life (and in business) often come from times when we pushed ourselves out of our comfort zone. The times we tried something we weren’t sure we could do, when we felt we might be in over our heads but decided to give it a try anyway.
Try this: Think of a big event that sticks out for you - one that has defined who you are. One that you often tell a story about.
We all have them. What is it about that event that sticks out to you? Usually, those moments are the times when we have experienced growth and become the person we are today.
My point is this: It’s in all of us to try new things, to disrupt ourselves to innovate. Innovation is about taking big ideas that add value and making them real. The problem is that so many of us have lost our innovation “mojo” that we don’t know how or where to begin.
Let’s get that mojo workin' again.
Often, innovation requires us to step out of our comfort zone. Remember that moment you recalled earlier, the one that helped define who you are? Innovation requires moments like that. That is where the paradox is. As humans, we are designed to change and adapt. Yet, our fear of failure prevents us from trying new things. Throughout the years, we’ve been taught that failure is bad. So, we stop trying. And those moments that push us and define us become fewer and fewer. Innovation becomes an activity for others to do.
Now try this: As you think back to that defining moment that made you who you are today, think of the feeling that you had when you took those big, bold steps. Now challenge yourself to look for opportunities to try one new thing each day.
When we turn our big ideas into reality we learn, grow, and succeed. Innovation, like adaptation, is a human capability. And it’s within all of us to make it happen.