Hair Cut—there is a reason that your mom took you to get a haircut every year before school started. Haircuts create an immediate physical change and reveal the “you” that has been hiding behind overgrown bangs, hair long enough to be classified as an afro, dead ends, and neck hair with enough length on it to be called a rat-tail. A haircut can be just a freshening trim, or it can be more drastic; when I finally grew into myself in college and met the lifelong friends I consider part of my family, I chopped off my long locks (and donated them!). I felt like a new person—my short, sassy hair gave me a new feeling of confidence (it helped having everyone tell me how great I looked) which in turn led me to try new things, meet new people, and go after a job I never thought I’d get. Guess what? I got the job.
Move Furniture around—Moving furniture around makes me feel amazing. Simply moving furniture can create a feeling of renewal, cleanliness, and organization that a room with “strategically organized piles” of stuff can never fulfill. Plus, nothing gets adrenaline pumping like moving a heavy desk, bed, couch, or cabinet. Not only will you have a new and fresh look in your house, but you will also have to clean those “hidden areas” behind your couch and under your desk. Think of cleaning these hidden places as you would cleaning out your mind; you’re pulling out the trash and cobwebs of things that you think you know, and rearranging them into something better. That’s what you’re doing with leadership coaching—rearranging your behaviors to make something better, cleaner, and more efficient.
Pick up a new hobby—Trying new things has been proven to help prevent early brain deterioration and keep the mind sharp, but it can also create a feeling of newness in your life. Keeping in the same routine day after day can have an adverse effect on attempts to change your behaviors; change in your daily habits will make it easier to adjust to your coaching strategy. So take up basketball, knitting, biking, making balloon animals, fire juggling—anything that appeals to you!
Try a new food—Trying a new food might seem harmless, but to some people new food is a terrifying thought. Really! I once had a friend who wouldn’t let her food touch and would never try anything new. Needless to say, her menu was quite limited.
Do you have any other suggestions as to how to turbo-charge your change? How did you react and change your behaviors after a 360 Feedback? Leave us a comment!