Let me help you “C”(see) how Competency, capacity, and creativity are cited by experts as a path to improvement. For more ideas about this, see the post Capacity Enables Creativity and Crisis Mitigation.
For years I have been making steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast. I cook the oats with raisins, flax, hemp, and chia seeds. I then serve it with fruit and granola, after which I top it with maple syrup. I love it. Generally, I put 1.5 cups of water with the oats in a pot to boil. I then go back to the sink to get more water and add water as needed while I cook the oats. In the end, I add a bit more water, sometimes having to go back to the sink for more water. I leave it to simmer while I do 10 minutes of yoga (see 🧘🏻♀️🧘🏽♂️🧘🏼♀️MorningYoga is Great🧘🏻♀️🧘🏽♂️🧘🏼♀️) and stretching to start my day.
INSIGHT! This morning I realized, WAIT!, I could just fill my water container to the 3-cup level, pour 1.5 cups in when I start, and add as necessary while cooking. Doing this saves me from having to back to the sink for more water after I start cooking. Sure, not a big deal. However, this creative, helpful insight only occurred because I was very competent at making my breakfast.
What could be possible as you become more competent at your job and elsewhere? Practice creates habits so we can do things without thinking. Since I didn’t have to focus on “how” to make breakfast, it gave my mind “white space” to be creative. (see Generating Great Ideas with “White Space” from Exercise) My creativity was unleashed because my mind had the capacity to think in a better way. If I had been struggling to learn this skill, that insight would not have been possible.
I am not sure how to categorize this. However, I have found other ways to increase my capacity and improve my efficiency. Really what I am doing is multiplying time. See Be Fruitful and Multiply – Time That is…. That is, I am doing things today that enable me to do more tomorrow.
Locker Room Efficiency
I often left my lock in the gym after my workouts. After my workout, I could get distracted by my phone, friend, or something else when I got dressed. Inevitably I often left my lock in the locker room and had to purchase a new one. This meant not only buying a new lock and needing to remember a new combination. To solve this problem, I started visualizing myself taking the lock off the locker and immediately putting it on my gym bag. I visualized this whenever I would think of it and also when I would put the lock on my locker and when I would take it off the locker. So far, it has been great, I now automatically put my lock on my bag right away. Now, even if I talk with others, get a text or call, or am thinking about other things, I take my lock. I made securing my lock a habit, and it helps because habits are What We Do Without Thinking.
Another improvement that enabled improvement was suggested to me by my wife. During the pandemic, my family all did 10 minutes of yoga together online with Kasandra and her 30-day challenge, even though we often were in different locations. In doing this, sometimes we would miss a day or want to do two sessions. My wife said, why don’t we just line up the day with the day of the month. Wow, so simple and likely because she wasn’t as concerned about knowing what to do. Now I always know what day I am working on in a 30-day challenge.
As I tell my students, it is vital to become really good at what you do. When you are good, you become more creative and effective. Tony Dungy helped his SuperBowl winning football teams to automatically do the right thing on the field. This then gave the players the capacity to adapt and adjust as needed – it worked. When we are more competent, we have more capacity. Therefore, if or when things change, we have the capacity to adjust as needed.
So simple? The examples I provided are simple everyday examples. If this is possible daily, what is possible in your work and in your life? Get really good at what you do. Become super competent and more capable. Becoming good at what you do will unleash creativity and ideas you never knew you had. A by-product of being competent is creativity and improvement. These results help you become an even better version of yourself,
Becoming really good at what you do can help you feel good and proud of yourself, which is selfish. It will also help all those around you, which is selfless. It is also likely to inspire others to do good work, which has been referred to as elevation. This also means your actions are pervasive. Doing this means you can start doing regenerative, net-positive, pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. I look forward to hearing about how your competency enables great new ideas for improvement – please share how you generate comprehensive improvements.
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