Running Backwards

The other day I decided to run backwards.

No, I wasn’t literally running backwards; I just ran my regular loop in the opposite direction I normally go. I’ve often mentioned to my husband that I thought it might be easier to go in the opposite direction. He always talked me out of it, saying it would be a harder run. But on this day, I was running by myself and I felt inspired to go in reverse.

And you know what I discovered?

It was actually easier. Not only that, this run that I’ve been doing for months, in the same direction, with the same scenery, that I could probably do with my eyes closed, suddenly was fresh and new.

I saw things from a new perspective.

And it got me to thinking. How can we apply this in our life or our business? How often do we get stuck doing things the way we’ve always done them…operating on auto-pilot? When you’re in that mode, growth may happen, but eventually it will slow down and stop.

And far too often, when we’re in this mode, we’re doing things the same way everyone else is—the conventional way. So there’s no opportunity to stand out.

By switching things up, you gain the benefit of a new perspective.

You may even find an easier way. And you’ll most certainly learn a few things.

I encourage you to step back occasionally and look at how you’re doing things, and ask yourself if you could “run backwards” for a change.

You might just be surprised. In fact, very often new products or services are invented by someone who decides to look for a new or better way to do something.

Leaders tend to “run backwards” or as I’m about to share, sometimes upside-down!

Case in point

Topsy Turvy Planter

Topsy Turvy Planter

When I got home from my backwards run, I was sitting in my backyard and I glanced up at the Topsy-Turvy planter my husband had hung on the patio a few days earlier.

If you’re not familiar with the Topsy-Turvy, it’s an upside-down planter that enables you to grow tomatoes or flowers hanging upside down, instead of in the ground growing up.

Hmmm…looks like someone decided to challenge the status quo and probably has made a small fortune as a result.

I hope I’ve inspired you to be creative and see how you might be able to do the same in your business!


About Debbie

After spending 32 years in marketing, Debbie now spends her time blogging, teaching online courses, doing volunteer pet therapy, and encouraging others to follow a more inspired path through life.

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