I am not really drawn to repetition. I enjoy finding new ways to express deep truths.
I started thinking about this while I participated in my friend Kate Nasser‘s PeopleSkills chat on Sunday morning. Kate asked a question about what behaviors people wished they could ban from social media, and my response was “repetition.” Another friend of mine, Lolly Daskal, replied that for her, repetition was part of learning.
This sparked a conversation that lasted through much of Sunday, and helped me learn some lessons about repetition.
My initial response to repetition is often that it is boring. I find variety, or even novelty, more intriguing. I appreciate an opportunity to try something new, to taste new flavors, to put things into words in new ways.
It is ironic that I appreciate the power of repetition. I believe that putting our values into practice gives them power. Becoming the leaders we want to be, finding the depth we want to find, is often the result of recognizing our core values and practicing them. As we repeat what we value, we become the people we have the potential to become. Without practice, without repetition, we are not putting our true selves to work.
The challenge for me is that things become routine. I lose the sense that I am exploring and learning, and practicing becomes just another thing that I am responsible to do.
As I lead, and work with leaders, I seek ways to see in new ways. Each day, each action is a new opportunity. The key to becoming the leaders we can be is being open to repeating in new ways, creating ways to expressing deep truths in new words.
How do you find new ways to repeat your core values?
What is drawing you to a clearer understanding of deep truths?
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