Today’s tips extend Liva Judic’s article posted on Monday. If you haven’t read it yet, DO so! It’s right below this one. What both of us mean by "S T R E T C H I N G" yourself is to step into the bigger you. You hear the "put on your big-girl panties" (btw, do you men say "put on your big-boy boxers?" I don’t think so) This is not my favorite metaphor, but it makes sense. When you were 5, you probably weren’t adept at riding a bike without training wheels, (maybe you were; I was not.) You learned to ride a bike and the thing is, you’re meant to keep learning and growing on the inside, even after you’re all grown up. That’s the message your heart always whispers to you, if you slow down long enough to listen.
31 Practical Ways to Stretch Yourself:
1. Answer this question: If Mixonian Institute were to make a movie of your life, who would you want to play the role of you? (This can be a blending of 2 or 3 actors.)
2. Join a new group. Networking groups are easy to join, perhaps a bit intimidating at first but loads of fun. Caveat: Shop around first! (Book clubs are also fun, for more ideas, look at Meetups.)
3. Just once, hire a limo.
4. Start buffing your nails…especially if your manicures don’t normally last.
5. Plan your next vacation.
6. Upgrade your before-bed ritual. Add a new scented candle, put on music, get a new book to read, nicer slippers….
7. Invest in yourself. There are gazillions of ways to do this; none of them involve Twinkies.
8. At your next presentation, UNCROSS your legs. That common posture shouts "amateur." WARNING: If I ever see you crossing your legs while standing, I will shoot a rubber band at those legs.
9. Buy the most expensive _____________. (menu item, nail polish, cell phone, belt, quilt squares, chocolate, ….whatever.) This gives you great conversation fodder.
10. Get 10 hours of sleep during the work week. (In 1 night, dear, not over 5!)
11. Hire a coach.
12. Invite 10 new people on Linkedin to connect with you.
13. Watch the Academy Awards February 27 and think about the celebrities in your industry. (I can’t wait to see "The King’s Speech" sweep!)
14. Think about your professional role models, even if you want to combine several careers in one. Ask yourself what he/she/they would do if facing the same situation you’re in.(This exercise has helped me tremendously with managing tiny details of things.)
15. Update your Facebook photo. Get a professional portrait!
16. Use a concierge service to run errands for you. (In Charleston, Out and About for You is excellent!)
17. Polish your signature talk. If you don’t have one, start writing the outline for you. You will need it when you least expect it!
(A signature talk is one you give about yourself, your business, your vocation that helps people and gets the word out about what you do for people. It’s a powerful communication medium.)
18. Take a personal day off to do nothing. Especially during dreary winter days, time off to sleep and read and putter can rekindle your creative juices.
19. Call someone you’ve been meaning to call. Make a list of people you’d like to talk to, write it down, and try to call one a week. Or one a day.
That’s Part I of 31 Practical Ways to Stretch Yourself. Part II coming soon. Meanwhile, please share your favorite way to stretch by commenting below.