I think something that you have to do if you want to continue to improve is you need to continue to learn. You have to continue to find new opportunities whether those things are books, training courses, or reading newspapers; just anything that exposes you to new ideas. Something that’s been nice about writing this blog over time, is it’s sort of a good “canary in the coal mines” device for when I’m not taking in enough new ideas, learning new things, reading about new things, or hearing about new things. So when I find myself struggling to think of something to pull together for my daily blog, I think of that as an early warning system for maybe I’m too stuck in the daily grind.
When I’m too lodged in my routine to bring in the type of new ideas that are going to help me solve the next challenge or the next problem I know I need to bring in some fresh perspectives. I think it’s something that you need to be aware of. I think you need to spend a little bit of time every day or every few days freshening up your mind; whether it’s an article that somebody recommends to you or just anything that keeps you thinking and growing. So the next time you’re out and you don’t have something to say, maybe it’s because you aren’t taking in enough new ideas. So grab the newspaper, get a magazine, or get a recommendation from a friend on a book. New ideas are how you solve the next big challenge.