I was seated at a round table with several talented people. The facilitator asked us to participate in a best practices exercise where we were charged with identifying different ways to approach a particular challenge.

As our group began to talk, one of the members suggested that when approaching change or the need for it, they had always found that the question “when was the last time we did something for the first time?” very helpful.

I was stuck with the simplicity of the question and how that simplicity was profound in the focus it required. In every aspect of life, we can use that question to trigger thinking. It helps to evaluate stagnation; it helps to trigger creativity; it enlightens areas in need of change.

As we enter springtime, perhaps spring cleaning is not only about our homes but about our minds, our work and our relationships. When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Here are some suggestions:

Identify one area where change would re-energize you and lead to better results.
What habits, behaviors, beliefs or activities is it time to discard or modify?
What do you need to DO today that would mix things up a bit?
Who can you enlist to encourage you and hold you accountable?