Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

This year,

May you wish less, yet achieve more
Conquer a fear, and strengthen your core
Feed your curiosity and find something to strive toward

Replace any anger with joy
Mix any tears with laughter
and find something elusive to chase after.

May gratitude bookend your days
and moonrise or sunsets or other vistas
hold your gaze.

May you thrive and make things better
in your world
or better still,
in another's.

A very Happy New Year to you and those you hold dear!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

8 Ways You Know How to Think Differently

Leaders, Artists and Entrepreneurs think differently. That’s one of the reasons they sometimes stand out from the crowd. The crowd often settles, content with how things are, or are more comfortable lamenting about how things were. 

Leaders, Artists and Entrepreneurs like comfort too, but in smaller and more frequent doses. They know too much comfort leads to complacency and a false sense of certainty. 

Leaders, Artists and Entrepreneurs know there are at best, three certainties in life. We will all die, we will all be taxed, and we will all face uncertainty. People who like to be certain are on a fools errand. 

Leaders, Artists and Entrepreneurs are filled with uncertainty. The difference is it doesn’t immobilize them it emboldens them. The tools at their disposable are no different from those anyone else has access to. It has to do with their way of thinking. 

  • They think in terms of possibility by asking, If
  • They think of discernment by asking, Which
  • They consider time by asking, When
  • They consider place by asking, Where
  • They consider the thing itself by asking, What
  • They think about motivate by asking, Why
  • They consider the means by asking, How
  • They think about the person or group by asking, Who

Equipped with these questions, and open to what they uncover, you’ll find intriguing alternatives and new ways of facing old problems. If you haven’t already adopted this type of thinking, you ought to consider doing so. Every day. Every time you face uncertainty.

A word of caution, when you begin faithfully thinking this way, you will begin to stand out from the crowd as a Leader, Artist or Entrepreneur. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Get Your IT Together

There is something in your life that could use some improving. Innovation is one of the best ways to solve a problem and that means using creativity. First, define what your IT is.

  • For someone in sales, IT might be the product or service they are selling.
  • For a parent, homeowner or child, IT could be chores.
  • For the student, homework.
  • For the writer, IT could be your main character’s motive or primary challenge.
  • For the entrepreneur, something better to serve the marketplace.

You get the idea. What’s your IT?

After you’ve defined your IT, explore these six ways of looking at it differently. This is brain storming, so jot all your ideas down without judgement. Your objective is to collect new ways of looking at IT.

Think about ways you could
  • Combine IT with something else
  • Adapt IT to be more useful
  • Substitute IT for something else, (or something else for IT)
  • Magnify IT to make it bigger
  • Shrink IT to make it smaller
  • Rearrange IT to look at it from a different angle?

If you list 10 ideas with each method, the crazier the better, you’ll have 60 new ideas you wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Now you can rate these ideas. Look for the ones that you think could be effective and relatively easy to implement. You’ll probably find 4-6 contenders, but you really only need just one. One good idea effectively acted on can solve your problem and improve your life. 

What are you waiting for, a worksheet? Okay, you can download one here: Creative Thinking Worksheet

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Office. Same Accountability.

Followers of this blog might be interested to know that my company, Karl Bimshas Consulting, is opening a new office in San Diego.

I'm excited about the additional amenities for my San Diego based clients. In the coming weeks and months I'll be offering specialized workshops and seminars for leaders, artists and entrepreneurs who want to achieve more.

If you or someone you know need help setting goals for 2013, or you're ready for greater accountability in meeting an important personal or professional objective, please CLICK HERE and we'll get started.

The Address:
Karl Bimshas Consulting
7676 Hazard Center Drive, Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92108-4508

Karl Bimshas Consulting helps leaders, artists and entrepreneurs of all types solve the problems that keep them from achieving their goals. Through on going Accountability Partnering, Peer Review or Comprehensive Consulting Engagements, Karl Bimshas Consulting helps you discover the aha within.
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