August 26

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” —Pablo Picasso

The skill that you are known for today will be unlikely to sustain you tomorrow. You must continue to grow.

There are distinct phases of growth that we go through as we develop our skills and our craft. First, we typically imitate others as a way to build our basic platform for expression. This is how we master the basic elements of the craft. Then, we diverge as we begin to find our own voice and apply it in our work. This is when we may begin to experience success in our field, as we make a unique mark and deliver a unique contribution. 

But, then we hit what I call “crisis” phase. This is when we suddenly realize that the work is fine, that it’s delivering on expectations, and that everyone around us seems happy with what we’re doing, but we feel stuck. We’re doing what we’ve always done, and we’re doing it well, but we know that we are no longer growing. 

To move beyond crisis phase, you must go back to the beginning of the growth curve, choose a new skill to learn, and begin to imitate others as you learn the skill. Then, you will be able to incorporate it into your existing work and use it to find new ways of accomplishing your goals.

Don’t remain stuck in crisis phase. If you are not growing – developing new skills – your effectiveness will begin to wane.

Question: What new skill would invigorate you and help you find new depths of engagement and effectiveness in your work?

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