It’s not the most cogent article in the world, but there are some interesting ideas in this New York Times piece about habits:
Rather than dismissing ourselves as unchangeable creatures of habit, we can instead direct our own change by consciously developing new habits. In fact, the more new things we try Ã¢â‚¬â€ the more we step outside our comfort zone Ã¢â‚¬â€ the more inherently creative we become, both in the workplace and in our personal lives…
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The first thing needed for innovation is a fascination with wonder,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Dawna Markova, author of Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Open MindÃ¢â‚¬Â and an executive change consultant for Professional Thinking Partners. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But we are taught instead to Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdecide,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ just as our president calls himself Ã¢â‚¬Ëœthe Decider.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Â She adds, however, that Ã¢â‚¬Å“to decide is to kill off all possibilities but one. A good innovational thinker is always exploring the many other possibilities.Ã¢â‚¬Â
My spell check says that ‘innovational’ isn’t a word, but my dictionary gives it a pass. I should make a new habit of using that term.