I recently spent some time talking to Kat Horrocks on the Put Yourself First podcast. You can listen to the podcast using either of the links below, but I’ll be summarising what we chatted about over a few posts, in case you missed it and don’t have the time to listen, or podcasts aren’t really your thing.
Curiosity, many experts tell us, is one of the key components of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. When we ask questions, it encourages a growth-learning mind-set. Which means that we’re more accepting and open to new ideas.
Today, I’m sure you’ll agree, there are many people in communities who are not curious. They don’t ask questions and that makes them isolated, because they don’t stay open to learning new things.
When I go to bed at night, I generally ask myself three questions: What was my champagne moment or what can I celebrate from today? Who did I connect with? And the third question is, what am I curious about?
When we stay curious it helps us to spark creativity, which drives innovation – these are important for any business. There’s also some research that shows curiosity may be linked with longevity, because it helps our brain stay active when we’re learning and asking questions.
There are many positive benefits to being curious. For instance when things aren’t working in your life or your business, or maybe even your health, curiosity can help. If, for instance, you’re struggling to lose weight or you’re struggling with a health condition, don’t ever just accept the status quo. Stay curious, and ask questions, because that might help you to find different answers and solutions that you might not have thought about.
If we think about children, or even kittens and puppies, they are playful – which is about being curious, asking questions, keeping a sense of wonder, exploring, and doing new things. As adults we often lose touch with that. Kids also have an incredible imagination. This is how curiosity could link to meditation that includes visualisation, because when you visualise, you allow yourself to use your imagination.
There are so many easy ways to spark curiosity – reading fiction, for example, or trying an art or craft or creative pursuit that has always fascinated you and will teach you new ways of doing and being. I enjoy making mosaics, and I’d like to start learning how to draw, for instance. And I find that that these activities engage the ‘right side’ brain and you start thinking in a different way. Often you come up with solutions and ideas that you would never have thought of if you weren’t in that creative, playful place.
Celebration, connection, curiosity and creativity – all of these add up to a myriad champagne moments that add some sparkle to your life.