Do you recognize this post’s title as lyrics from Darius Ruker’s “For The First Time”? Maybe you are even in singing it in your head right now. I often sing the line to myself – mostly for the encouragement it provides me.
Personally, I want to live a life in which I have a quick and recent answer to “when was the last time you did something for the first time?” They don’t have to be grand-adventure-type answers, but they do need to provide me with new experiences, memories, or perspectives. Possibly even take me in new directions.
Professionally, I set the question as a challenge for myself and those with whom I collaborate. If we are not doing new things, by default we are doing what we have done before. That seems a great way to become obsolete. When working with instructional designers and trainers – as I will be this week and next – I encourage them to integrate one new element into each design or delivery. Use a new piece of technology, incorporate one new learning approach, stretch their own boundaries as well as their learners’ with one new component. The challenge is doing it on every project.
Whatever your industry or position, complacency leads – nowhere. So, how are you embracing new tools, resources, or approaches? What have you done in the past that you no longer do because it has become outdated? What new behaviors are you integrating? Please tell us in the comments.
My answers? In order: first, rather than re-inventing wheels, I am asking people with wheels if I can borrow theirs. Second, I no longer drive to the bank to deposit checks! And third, I am stepping back to consider the bigger picture before jumping in and getting tangled in the details.
Kimberly will be leading a master class at ATD’s International Conference and Expo in San Diego May 3-5. She enjoys experimenting with new activities, methods, models, and strategies…and encourages you to give it a go too.