The Power of New Environments
Finding where the magic happens.
If you’re at work right now, look around you. What do you see? Even if you’re in a cool creative co-working space (yeah, we see you over there with your cacti and fancy coffee machines), chances are your view is a collage of desk chairs, computers, paperwork and novelty mugs. The day-to-day work is important - we’re not disputing that, but as you look around, we want to ask you something: is this where the magic happens?
You know what we’re talking about. Those moments of sudden inspiration, quiet but powerful affirmations of your purpose, or those connections that take your ideas to the next level. Those moments are rarely found on page nine of your latest marketing report, but they’re just as important to the future of you and your business. If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you’re on a mission to solve a problem or fill a gap, and you understand that achieving those goals will require more than box ticking and stretching profit margins. But it’s all too easy to get caught up in a standard routine - what happens when you stop being able to see the wood for the trees?
To thrive, business leaders need a clear sense of where they’re going, why they’re going there, and how they plan to adapt to the changes and challenges of the modern world along the way. This is big picture stuff, so it’s time to get out of the office.
When you remove yourself from your normal patterns, you create the space for new ideas to form, and you allow yourself the time to reflect on the successes and failures of the past without the pressing distractions of the present. Doing a digital detox is a great start and has been shown to boost productivity and decrease feelings of anxiety. But we think you should take it one step further.
Don’t just disconnect from your current environment; immerse yourself entirely in a new one.
But where should you go? We say: somewhere outdoors. Nature is a powerful tool - it can provide clarity, peace, inspiration and perspective. And when you’re somewhere beautiful, you open yourself up to those elusive ‘eureka’ moments, that’s the magic we were referring to earlier. Beyond that, leaving your comfort zone gives you the optimal boost of adrenaline, bringing out the resourcefulness and passion you’ll need to fulfil your purpose and take your business to the next level.
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