As you know, we are creatures of habit. From the moment we get out of bed until we get back to sleep again, we are doing the same things over and over again.
This is a good thing, to a certain extent. For example, it would not be good if we would not know how to brush our teeth every morning.
From a business perspective, those habits could rather limit our learning. It sounds like a cliché, but it is a reality that change is happening at a very fast pace. So, if you keep on doing the same things over and over again, you might be loosing the game quite quickly, because sudden events will surprise you.
At the same time you might be missing out on some opportunities, just because your old/current work style is not opening up to the new developments. For instance, I did speak with an executive who did mention the need to increase the awareness for his products, without having a marketing budget. Besides the traditional word of mouth approach and networking, he had no other approaches. He is present on social media, but not really using it actively. When I did mention the possibility to participate in relevant tweetchats or to start one himself, he was totally surprised!
This is just a simple example to show how crucial it is to continuously explore new methods, innovations, media, people etc. Even better it is to, intentionally, connect with a diversity of people, who are really curious and have an exploring mindset.
Are you stretching yourself, regularly?
Enthusiasm drives Excellence!