When it comes to the way we approach things – a task, challenge, project, conversation – it can be easy for us to slip into autopilot mode. By intentionally doing something somebody else’s way, we can create an opportunity for self-growth by teaching ourselves to be more open-minded, perceptive and adaptable.
For example, my husband will find ways to get our kids out the front door by turning it into a game, while I’ll just yell, “Quickly, put your shoes on!” (which never works). When I ask him about it, he says: “I want them to leave fast, but they want everything to be fun.” So, I walk away from the conversation thinking: “Okay, if I want the kids to cooperate, I need to try his approach and look for more ways to communicate that are kid friendly and fun”
It can feel a bit uncomfortable, but by trying to do something somebody else’s way, you can really begin to diversify your thinking, enhance your creativity, and be more ready to be pivot in the moment.